HAZARD — The first ever Wigs for Kids Cruise In and 5k Race/1 Mile Walk was held Saturday in the Perry County Park. The event’s organizer, John Roberts, hopes to make it an annual tradition.
“Two things people love around here are cars and running, so I figured why not put together an event that features things people enjoy and benefits a good cause,” Roberts said.
Wigs for Kids provides hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families. John Roberts obviously holds a special place in his heart for helping children because he continued on with his fundraiser at a time of great sorrow within his family. Only a few days prior to Saturday’s event, Roberts’ mother passed away unexpectedly. The loss of his mother caused terrible grief within his heart. But, according to Roberts, he knew he had to push forward as planned with his event because the children, who suffer from the conditions that Wigs for Kids represents, need much more awareness.
“Wigs for Kids really makes a difference in the lives of kids, who are going through cancer or alopecia. Having the opportunity to help these kids is a blessing.”
Several corporate and individual sponsors in the community chipped in to help make the event possible. Trophies were awarded in the cruise in and the race. Most importantly, more than $1,000 was raised for the cause.
Wigs for Kids is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations throughout the year. More information can be found at wigsforkids.org.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.