A little girl’s legacy adds ray of hope to pediatric cancers

Photo Courtesy: Milansmiraclefund.com

Milan, a bright eyed beautiful little girl was born December 8, 2000 in Grand Rapids, and died peacefully in 2009, at the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. She was a ray of sunshine through a long battle against the odds, which she conquered time and again. She was told she would never walk, though she danced in flip flops! Then she was told she would be legally blind and instead she saw the world clearly, according to Milan’s Miracle Fund website. In the end Milan lost her battle with an inoperable brain tumor.

Though her physical form has changed, Milan’s spirit lives on. Milan’s Miracle Fund was established by her family at first to help her, but now to support families with kids coping with Brain Tumor. Milan’s legacy lives on through the Milan’s Miracle Fund.

As part of the effort to raise awareness and rally support for the cause, Milan’s biggest supporters established the Milan’s Miracle Run. The run is the first 8k run in West Michigan dedicated to fight pediatric cancer, with all profits staying in the West Michigan community. Over the past three years, Milan’s Miracle Fund has raised more than $68,000 through Milan’s Miracle Run. Why an 8K? There are eight primary pediatric cancers. Though the goal is to help all children afflicted with cancer.

Get Involved!

The entire community is invited to dress in superhero costume or princess attire! Kid’s that enter the fun run (5K for kids, 8K for adults) will receive a cape rather than a shirt. The 8K run will start near Shelter A at Millennium Park, with awards being given after the run. Plus, watch for our Live Local. Give Local and Social Sizzle cameras at the event. We will be capturing special moments throughout the run to share during our story airing on the Social Sizzle during eightWest. The story will air on Tuesday, June 3, at 11:00 a.m. on WOOD TV8.

Event: 8K/5K run; 5K/3K walk; kid’s run

Entry Fees

8K/5K Run and 5K Walk:
$35 from May 1 through May 28
$40 at packet pick up May 30 and June 1

On-line registration

Mail-in registration

Milan’s Miracle Run 8K
2511 Okemos Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49406
Make checks payable to: Milan’s Miracle Fund

Start Times

8K/5K Road Race — 10:00 am
5K/3K Walk — 10:05 am
Kid’s run after the last walker finishes

Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration will be held Saturday, May 31 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI. Race Day is June 1 from 8:30 am to 9:45 am at Millennium Park, Grand Rapids, MI

$35 from May 1 through May 28
$40 at packet pick up May 30 and June 1

For more information, contact Race Director, Doug Bostian at dbostian@live.com .




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