Brittany 5K raises funds for Williams Syndrome

| June 2, 2014

COSHOCTON – Running and walking enthusiasts from Coshocton and surrounding areas enjoyed a glorious Saturday morning on May 31 at Lake Park for the ninth annual Brittany 5K Walk/Run. The event is held to raise funds and local awareness for Williams Syndrome.

Mike Arnett, who is from Zanesville, brought his son Brian, who has Williams Syndrome. Arnett said of the event, “They are wonderful people. It’s all volunteer work and they give prizes away – it’s just a wonderful event and a beautiful day.”

“Brian has always attended Starlight School and is now enrolled in Starlight Industries. I’ve been to seminars with staff from there and there is a lot more understood than there used to be. I’m glad to be here and we just plan on enjoying the day.”

Nanci Rogers, who is Brittany’s mother, coordinates the event and said, “It’s a wonderful experience to see all the support of the community coming out for such a great cause. The Williams Syndrome Association relies on fund raisers for 80 percent of its budget. We’re the last event of the month and we like to bring it on home. We were the first run type fundraiser. We just enjoy the kids and enjoy having people here, supporting them, making them more aware of the integration of people with special needs into the community. That’s all they want.”

Several families who have a family member with Williams Syndrome drove more than an hour to attend the event. Rogers thanked everyone and introduced those attending with Williams Syndrome before a Coshocton County Sheriff’s cruiser sounded its siren to start the event.

Rogers said of ongoing research, “They’re looking at cardiovascular health and that research could impact others with cardiovascular disease.”

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