7th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run Walk – March 28

Plans are underway for the 7th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and 1 mile Fun Run Walk to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Sugar Land Memorial Park.  In addition to a 5K chip timed race on the USATF course, there will be a 1-mile event as well.  A community oriented post race party will follow the awards presentation.  As always, there will be plenty of food, freebies, and an area just for the kids.  The Kid’s Zone will have games and activities galore and is sponsored by St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital.

To celebrate the life of their son Grant, a precious seven-year-old boy who passed away from an unidentified virus the summer before he was to begin second grade, Dolores and Rod Starr founded the Grant-A-Starr Foundation.  The Foundation is a non-profit organization created solely for the purpose of saving children’s lives through the advancement of rapid detection of life-threatening childhood infections, such as encephalitis and meningitis.  It provides financial support to Houston-based research projects that are dedicated to the development of rapid diagnostic testing which will reduce the time required to identify an illness and ultimately save children’s lives.

What makes the Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run unique is the student steering committee.  It is made up of local area high school volunteers who have taken a deep personal interest in the event.  This year’s Teen Board President is Kaitlyn Gascoyne, a senior at Clements High School.  As Kaitlyn explains, “the committee itself has become a family within itself.  I have really tried to implement team-building activities for the committee this year.  We spend a lot of time together and true friendships have developed with kids who have been part of the race for all of their high school years!”

After six successful years, student sponsorship committee, led by student chairperson Rachel Wang, is setting even more aggressive sponsorship goals for the 2015 event!  Ms. Wang, a sophomore at Clements High School, says “we have been honored with great sponsorship in the past, and now we want to take it to the next level!  Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 for the Foundation and obviously, we need generous donations from the Sugar Land and Greater Houston business communities.  There are many levels of support available, and both businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate.  We welcome them all!”

For sponsorship information, please contact Ms. Terri Wang at 281-731-7691.  To learn more about the Grant-A-Starr Foundation and sign up for the race, please visit:  www.grantastarr.org

This year’s event includes both a Team and School Challenge.  The Team Challenge is open to all companies, organizations, or groups with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants per team.  For more information or to register your team, please contact Audrey Vanderzyl at Audrey.vanderzyl@st-agnes.org.  The School Challenge is open to all FBISD schools and provides a variety of incentives for the participating schools.  For more information on the School Challenge, please contact Ms. Betty Ann Williams at bafromsl@aol.com