Spots still open for 5K race Saturday
PLYMOUTH — There are still spots available for the St. Paddy’s DAY Dash Saturday, a 5K race intended to raise money for Plymouth High School graduate Eric Day’s medical expenses. Day, who will be a sophomore at Butler University this fall, recently finished undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
Kelsey Flynn, an organizer of the event and a friend of the Day family, said that she and others were looking for a way to help the family when they thought of doing a St. Patrick’s day race.
“There’s no St. Patrick’s Day 5K race around here,” pointed out Flynn, adding that she had done research in surrounding communities.
So the St. Paddy’s DAY Dash was born, and Flynn said she is shocked by the amount of support and attention the race has garnered in the community.
“Right now, we have over 500 shirt orders (for the race),” said Flynn. “I don’t think we will have that many running, but I expect about 250-300 participants. It’s been really cool to watch this (event) take off.”
Flynn thinks that so many people have responded to the opportunity to help Day because of the type of person he is.
“He’s one of those kids that, when he walks into a room, he lights it up,” said Flynn. “He’s just an amazing kid. I think so many people have been touched by him.”
Lori Day, Eric’s mother, said that she and her husband Ron have been taking turns staying with Eric in Bloomington while he undergoes treatment. When in Bloomington, the family resides in the Jill House, a facility similar to the Ronald McDonald House for families of children with medical issues.
“(Eric) is doing well, but he’s tired,” said Lori. “He will be home with us until the fall, when he heads to school. On April 10, we will find out if the treatment (for the tumor) worked. We are just confident that we will hear good news.”
The support from the community, said Lori, has overwhelmed her family.
“It is a very humbling experience for me (to see the support) and a very exciting experience too,” said Lori. “It’s just amazing.”
The race will cover 3.2 miles on Greenway trails in the Plymouth park, beginning and ending at Plymouth High School. There will also be a fun run for children, and those not interested in running can still show their support by purchasing items from the bake sale or pulled pork sandwiches.
For more information about the race, or to participate, contact Kelsey Flynn, 574-274-7200. More information can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.