With approval from the Hillsboro City Council earlier this year, organizers of the third A Grace-Filled Journey 5K and one-mile fun run event have set this year's date on Saturday, Aug. 31, in Hillsboro.
The courses will be the same, starting near the Hillsboro Lions Club, and finishing there with a variety of free family-friendly activities. Registration will be available later this summer.
All proceeds will benefit the INADCure Foundation in honor of seven-year-old Grace Herschelman of Hillsboro. Herschelman, the daughter of Kyle and Mary Herschelman of Hillsboro, was diagnosed with INAD (infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy) when she was three years old. The regressive disorder takes a child's ability to walk and talk, and most children with INAD do not live to see their tenth birthday.
Currently, there is not a cure, although the INADCure Foundation has helped with two clinical drug trials for treatment options and continues to support the gene therapy work of Dr. Paul Kotzbauer at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Kotzbauer will once again participate in the fun run event with members of his research lab.
Organizers are beginning to finalize plans for this year's event, and are looking for sponsors to help offset the expenses. Two years ago, the race brought 650 participants, both locally and virtually all over the country. The first two events raised a total of $50,000 to support the INADCure Foundation.
This year's first sponsor was Amy E. Smith, Esq. - Jiles Law, P.A. in Lakeland, FL. Amy (Gaither) Smith is a classmate of Grace's mom, Mary (Galer) Herschelman, and the two had a chance to get together earlier this year in Florida, and Smith was excited to be the very first sponsor of this year's event.
For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Susie Galer at 217-710-6384.