To continue its mission of raising money and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Wyatt’s Wish will have a Winter Runderland 5K/Fun Run event with proceeds going to the Wyatt’s Wish foundation that helps children with SMA.
Wyatt’s Wish is named for Wyatt Holter -- a resident of Warner Robins and the son of Katie and Josh Holter. Wyatt was diagnosed with SMA shortly after birth; SMA is the No. 1 genetic killer of children under 2. Muscles wither and weaken -- especially in the spine, arm and legs.
SMA occurs in about 1 in 6,000 births, and 1 in 40 people -- nearly 10 million Americans -- carry the gene responsible for SMA.
There is no treatment for SMA and there is no cure. The life expectancy for a child with SMA is about 2 years. Wyatt turned 2 years old in August.
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The Winter Runderland is Jan. 31 with a start time of 8 a.m. for the 5K and 8:30 a.m. for the Fun Run. The deadline to register for the Winter Runderland 5k and Fun Run online is Jan. 28; paper registrations will be accepted at the race pack pick up on Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m. or the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m. To register online visit https://www.estartline.com/Register/?event=30166.
Entry fees are $20 – 5K Pre-Registration before Jan. 28; $25 -- 5K Registration Jan. 29 through Race Day; $15 – Fun Run Registration (Includes T-shirt and finishing ribbon); $15 -- Phantom Runner (T-shirt only, no race registration) and $18 -- Phantom Runner (which includes shipping for T-shirt).
For more information about the Winter Runderland or Wyatt’s Wish visit their website at www.wyattswish4sma.com or visit the Wyatt’s Wish Facebook page.