Main Street Mile Run for the Children is Aug. 22

Jul 07, 2014
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The fifth annual Waynesville Main Street Mile Run for the Children Race will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, on Main Street. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The race came to be thanks to the Yarrington family. At 6-months old, Sophie Yarrington had her first appointment at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville where she was diagnosed with Torticollis, a twisted neck, and mild scoliosis, a progressive curvature of the spine.

“The care at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville has been incredible,” said Eric Yarrington, Sophie’s father and a doctor of physical therapy. “We are fortunate that she has only needed physical therapy and no medical or surgical intervention.”

Sophie goes to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville every six months so that orthopaedic surgeons can make sure she is continuing to grow properly, but her parents know the hospital cares for many other children each day who need more extensive treatments. They also know the hospital provides all care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. That knowledge, coupled with the Yarringtons’ satisfaction with the treatment Sophie received motivated them to help ensure as many children as possible have access to the same quality care.

Looking for a way to show their appreciation to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville, the Yarringtons chose to organize a fundraiser— the Waynesville Main Street Mile Run for the Children. The race has four heats — under 19, women’s open, men’s open and team event — and ends with a post-race party with food, drinks, live music and children’s games and activities.

So far, the Yarrigntons have donated more than $23,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville.

“For all the good Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville has done for my daughter, for the peace of mind they have given us, it feels incredible to be able to give back,” said Yarrington. “I am ever mindful of the many, many children who are impacted by Shriners Hospitals for Children every day of the year. We are privileged to have such a tremendous facility in our region. It is an honor to support them.”

For more information or to register for the race, visit www.communityfitnessevents.com.

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