"There are so many kids in the community with type I diabetes," said Amber Fletcher. "We want to bring awareness and let people know they are not alone."
Fletcher's son, nine-year Gregory Spencer, has the condition. He is a student at Corinth Elementary School.
Corinth Medical Specialists Rudolph Fun Run 5K will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 in downtown Corinth. Registration begins at 8 a.m. near SOUTHBank and the race course will be similar to the Run with Rotary 5K and end near First United Methodist Church.
Entry fee is $20 and all proceeds go to JDRF, noted Fletcher. The event is sanctioned by JDRF.
Thanks to Dr. Robert McKinney's sponsorship to pay for T-shirts, 100 percent of the entry fee goes directly to JDRF, noted the mother.
To register for the fun run, go to the link on Facebook at JDRF Rudolph Run in Corinth, MS. Donations can also be made by going to the link for those who want to contribute and not participate, noted Fletcher.
"Donations will also be accepted on race day for those who don't want to walk or run," she added.
Type I diabetes -- also called juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes-- is a genetic disorder where the pancreas doesn't produce insulin, noted the fun run coordinator.
Those with the condition are insulin dependent their entire lives.
"Gregory has a pump attached to his waist to provide insulin," explained the mother. "It's his life support."
She said many in the community are assisting with the event.
Lindley Brawner is helping with the race course. Her son Braddock Brawner has type I diabetes. He is a student at Corinth Elementary School.
Runners Jenni Lambert, Kenneth Williams and Janet Thompson are creating interest with fellow runners. Jan Hurley serves as treasurer.
Interest continues to grow in the fun run with over 200 likes on Facebook, she said.
"Hopefully we can make it an annual event," added Fletcher.
The run coordinator encouraged participants to pre-register as there will be a limited number of T-shirts. After registering for the run, contact Fletcher to reserve a T-shirt and provide the needed size.
(Amber Fletcher can be contacted at email@example.com or 662-665-1475.)