Selian Lutheran Hospital 5K Helps Tanzanian Children Walk
Coming up quickly is the 5th Annual Selian Lutheran Hospital 5K Run/Walk, that benefits Tanzanian children that need corrective surgery. Raising the money is important to the hospital because they are able to send doctors overseas to help children live a full and healthy life.
Hosted on May 31st, almost 200 participants are already signed up to participate in the Greenwood Village event. The race is certified, chip timed and open to anyone who registers through Selian5k.stplc.org. Racers are asked to register ahead of time, but can also do so the day of the event with an additional $5 charge.
According to the World Health Organization, excessive fluoride in the water causes the Tanzanian children to have softened bones, a condition known as skeletal fluorosis, which leads to not being able to walk. By locals walking/running they are going to raise, not only funds, but awareness to a cause that is often overlooked by many. According to The Villager article, the hospital is run by Evangelical Lutheran Church of America medical missionary Dr. Mark Jacobson, who recently received the 2013 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine from the American Medical Association.
The race is held at the Saint Peter Lutheran Church, where the people start and end. It is open to people of all ages, and as a family-friendly event there will be live music, face painting, bouncy castle, and food and craft concessions. Children younger than 12 can participate in a 1K race starting at 10 a.m.
For those who register before May 23rd, it is $25 for adults, $10 for kids, and children 5 and under are free. For more information, parking details and to register visit www.Selian5k.stplc.org.