Amie's Run passes goal


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September 25, 2014 11:25 AM

Around 103 people gathered at Bud Miller All Seasons Park for a run (or a walk) to raise money for cystic fibrosis. A total of $6,300 was raised. - Jon Clarke Photo

Amie’s Run, a charity run for cystic fibrosis research, came to a successful close last weekend, with a total of $6,300 raised.

On Sunday, roughly 103 people gathered at Bud Miller All Seasons Park for the run – from children to adults – in order to support the cause.

Amie, after whom the run was named, was a Lloydminster Kinette who lost her life to cystic fibrosis about one year ago, and the event, organized by the Kinettes, raised money for cystic fibrosis research in her honour.

“I just want to thank everybody for their support,” said Tabitha Ballan, Amie’s sister, who was onsite for the event. As for the amount raised, Ballan anticipated $6,000 to $7,000, and she was right on the money.

Amie, she said, was unable to run herself, do to her struggle with the disease, which affects the lungs. However, it was said that Amie was also a caring and giving person who never let her disease hold her back from the things she could do.

“We wanted to do a run in her honour, to use your body and to use your lungs,” said Ballan. “(Amie) joined the Kinettes, and when she was well enough, she gave it her all. She donated, she did her best to help everybody else.”

The Kinettes helped her at one time too, she said, and Amie stepped up to the plate and returned the favour.

Ballan said that Amie would be more than proud to see the results of the run, which saw members of the Kinette Club come together with volunteers and members of the Paradise Valley Fire Department to make sure the event went off without a hitch.

The whole point of the run, said Ballan, wasn’t only to garner cystic fibrosis research funding, but to “get people to know about this deadly disease” and also to get people engaged in exercise. Ballan said that there aren’t generally a lot of runs in the Lloydminster area.

“It’s kind of just starting new this year. And people who wanted to run, you’d have to go to either Edmonton or Saskatoon,” said Ballan of Amie’s Run, but also of charity runs in general. “So, we wanted to get the community involved in more running and activity.”

With a successful turnout and a donation pot that met exceptions “beautiful weather and smiles” made the day that much better.

“I know, everybody is here to support her,” said Ballan.

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