Jeff Davis

Oct 11, 2013 2:59 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Color PHor A Cure 5k Race

Color PHor A Cure 5k race will be held in Jennings October 12th. Color PHor A Cure 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Whether you are a casual morning walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of Color PHor A Cure course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life. You'll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong!

Racers will start at the Jennings Elementary Football Field and run a 5k through assigned color stations dispersed through the course, ending back at the Jennings Elementary Football Field. You can walk, jog, run, crawl, skip, or dance the 5k. The race isn't timed so just come ready to have fun and get covered in color. Just be warned you will be coated head to toe in color when you are finished.

October 12, 2013
Jennings Elementary Football Field
620 Florence Street
Jennings, LA 70546

THE COST:
$30 before September 1
$40 after September 1
$50 day of Race
Free for Kids under 7

$20 for PH warriors and their caregivers

THE SCHEDULE:
7:30 a.m. - Late Registrations
8:45 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. - Race Starts

Color PHor A Cure was founded by Josh & Lindsey Belt of Jennings, Louisiana. In January of 2013, Joel Belt (Josh & Lindsey's 2 year old son) was diagnosed with severe primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). After 42 days in 3 different hospitals, Joel was sent home with very intensive medication with the hope to improve his quality of life. Since there is not cause found for why Joel has PPH, that also means there is no cure. He currently has only two options at the moment: medicine for life or a double lung transplant.

Today, Joel is currently being seen by some of the greatest PH doctors at Texas Children's Hospital. He is currently on a 24/7 IV medication that is being infused directly into his heart as well as taking half a dozen other oral medications. Unfortunately, at this time no PH medication given to children is FDA approved. Barring a miracle, this will be a life long journey for Joel and the Belt family. This is where you can help! Joel needs your help in raising funds to find a cure in his lifetime.

100% of all the proceeds from the race will go to help raise awareness and research funds for Pulmonary Hypertension Association's Pediatric PH Research & Mentoring Fund. A rare and often misdiagnosed disease, Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) causes high blood pressure in the lungs. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve a patient's quality of life, but there is currently NO CURE for Pulmonary Hypertension.

You can learn more about PH at www.phassociation.org.

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