Community members gathered within Chiefswood Park to enjoy the Second Annual Zombie Run on Saturday, October 24.
This year, the fundraiser helped baby Aysia Patterson, who was born in September with a rare disease known as Aicardi Syndrome. The event raised over $2000.00 and the money will be going toward treatments, travel and specialist expenses for Aysia.
The syndrome is a genetic disease that causes seizures with ranging severity depending on the individual, and there have only been 4000 cases worldwide. Treatments are customized to suit the individual, and the syndrome is incurable.
At the event, decorated zombies attempted to scare runners along the track, while music was provided by Deejay Anonymou5. Not only did the event promote health and wellness by having participants run 3 kilometers, healthy snacks were also provided for finished runners.
First to cross the finish line was Memphis McNaughton, one of many young runners, and he was awarded both a monetary prize and a Zombie Run T-shirt. As well, Maddy MacDonald won the zombie make-over with Samantha Doxtator, and Hannah Marie Beaver won the hour reading with Kim Hadfield. “Most money raised by an individual” was awarded to Chezney Martin, who contributed over $300 in both sponsors and personal donation.
At the end of the event, Aysia’s parents Raven Hill and Robert Patterson, and her two brothers showed their gratitude to those that came to support their family and Aysia, both saying “nia:wen” to the community as a whole.