The daughter of Ivins residents Dallas and Melissa Dixon, 18-month-old Molly, was born with a rare genetic disorder named Williams Syndrome (less than 30,000 individuals in the U.S. are affected). People with WS struggle with many critical health complications such as cardiovascular disease, muscle and bone structure issues and learning disabilities.
Weighing just 3-pounds, 10-ounces at birth, Molly has already undergone several costly surgeries to help with her condition.
She has also experienced extensive hearing loss.
Miles for Molly was organized by Linda Kreyling and Sherri Lords of Red Mountain Elementary school, where Molly’s mother teaches second grade.
“Our main goals are to help Molly while promoting the benefits of healthy living,” Kreyling said. “I would like to encourage everyone to sign up. Not only will [you be helping] a sweet and loving child, but you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have [here in Ivins].”
The one-day event will kick off with a one-mile Tuff Run – $10 registration – for children, which begins at 8 a.m. Every participant who finishes will receive a free book courtesy of the school and parents are welcome to race alongside their child.
Registration forms and instructions can be found on the Miles for Molly website.
50 percent of all funds generated by the races will be given to the Dixon family, and 50 percent will go to the school.
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Copyright 2012 St. George News.