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The 6th Annual Special Kids Race will be held this Saturday, April 8, at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC). One of Murfreesboro's largest races, the event is expecting up to 3,000 participants in the 15K, 5K and one mile family fun run.

The event welcomes all levels of participants and encourages the whole family to get involved. Race fees are $45 for the 15K, $40 for the 5K and $20 for the one mile family fun run. New this year, a “Virtual Runner” option is also available for $25 if a participant would still like to be involved but cannot attend on the actual race day. Registration is currently available online through Friday, April 7, at specialkidsrace.org. Event day registration will be available on April 8 for an additional $5 late fee.

Holland is this year’s impact Special Kids partner for the 6th annual Special Kids Race. Born in January 2014 at 25-weeks, Holland was premature and weighed only 1-pound, 6-ounces. Holland was diagnosed with “failure to thrive” when she was one after having feeding difficulties, which eventually led to receiving a Gastrostomy feeding tube (G-tube) in order to receive nutrition. At two years old, she was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Holland started at Special Kids in the fall of 2016 and now receives physical,occupational, speech and feeding therapies. She is also part of the Special Kids nursing program. Since starting at Special Kids, she has blossomed, “In one word on the progress Holland has made, ‘Wow!’”, shares Holland’s mom,Megan. Holland’s mom and dad state, “We give thanks to everyone who is helping us along our journey! We wish there was a Special Kids in every community. We are so blessed that we have this help and level of care right here in Murfreesboro. We know Holland is getting the complete care she needs.”

 

Beyond entrance in the event, race participants receive a soft-style t-shirt, race medal, and giveaway item from presenting sponsor MMC. For the sixth year, all race expenses are covered by sponsors, allowing funds from registration fees to directly benefit children with special needs at Special Kids.

 

The Special Kids Race is presented by its founding sponsor Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter with Platinum sponsors Max Shred and Backer-Springfield. Gold sponsors include Smoothie King, Newk’s Eatery, NewVision Baptist Church, Ole South, Stewart’s Special Events, Tiffany Lane and Walker & Dunlop. Silver sponsors are Ascend Federal Credit Union,Adams Place, Togrye, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Smile Doctors Braces, The Morgan Family Foundation, Murfreesboro Surgical Specialist, Bill Taylor’s Bushido Karate, A Step Ahead, Stones River Battlefield, Nissan North America,Little Guys Movers, Tam Clark DJ Services, Fleet Feet and Guaranty Trust.Bronze sponsors include Mobility Works, Hooper Fence, Franklin Synergy Bank, Wegmann Automotive, Once Upon a Child, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Heritage South Credit Union, TOA, Mid TN GYN, Zaxby’s, Wax Family Printing, Murfreesboro Pulse, WGNS, VIP Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Oral Surgery, Murfreesboro Pure Milk, Boys & Girls Club, Jim N Nick’s, Farrer Brothers, All In One Recycling, Reeves-Sain, Coffee Fusion, Rock Solid Security and Tasty Table. Other supporters are Jamie Reed, TN Valley Ice, Mikey’s Motors, Fast Signs of Murfreesboro, Total Family Physicians Center, Waffle House and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 3,000 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.



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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers, has been a passion for Jeremy B. Harrison, M.D., Pediatrician at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, for the past 8 years. He helped to found the annual ‘Bald in the Boro’ event that took place last Friday, March 17th at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles, where nearly $50,000 was raised in donations towards this worthy organization. His efforts have grown with every passing year, benefiting families all over the community. Now his contributions are being noticed nationwide as Dr. Harrison was selected along with five other shavees from Middle Tennessee to travel to Washington D. C. to advocate for the Childhood Cancer STAR Act.

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced into Congress. This bill has four main areas of focus, including resources to maximize childhood cancer survivors’ quality of life, opportunities to continue progress in childhood cancer research, efforts to improve childhood cancer surveillance, and connecting children with the life-saving treatments they so desperately need.

The STAR Act passed in the House of Representatives in December, but unfortunately didn’t make it through the Senate before the end of the year. The goal is to now get the STAR Act passed by both the Senate and the House this year.

As Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Senator Lamar Alexander plays a very critical role in whether the STAR Act receives a hearing. During his time in Washington, Dr. Harrison shared his personal testimonies as a child cancer advocate with Senator Alexander among other influential individuals. He shared that “it was an eye opening experience to see the legislative process at work, and be part of a delegation to encourage our elected representatives to support this bill.” This opportunity now establishes him as an advocate for families encountering this disease not only in Middle Tennessee, but all across the United States.

The STAR Act now needs the voice of the American people. Granting the STAR Act a hearing would be a milestone toward eliminating the #1 disease killer of kids in the US, and securing a brighter future for children through tangible and effective resources.

Visit stbaldricks.org/advocacy to find out how to be an advocate for these children today. 

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic excitedly anticipates the 7th annual Bald in the Boro event on March 17th at Lanes Trains and Automobiles. As a sponsor for this event, MMC strives to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a program which funds childhood cancer research.

 

What exactly is Bald in the Boro? This community wide event involves a head-shaving tradition, buzzing bald heads in exchange for donations to St. Baldrick’s. Hundreds of participants have ‘braved the shave’ in years past, allowing this event to raise over $280,000 to support childhood cancer research.

 

The St. Baldrick's Foundation reports more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease.  Before they turn 20, about one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every three minutes. As a volunteer-driven charity, St. Baldrick’s strives to reduce these diagnosis statistics. Each year stylists from The Beehive Salon volunteer their time to shave participants' heads.

 

Out of all of the funding allocated by congress each for year for cancer research, only 4% is used to fund pediatric cancer – the vast majority is spent on adult cancers.  Last year alone, St. Baldrick’s Foundation granted more than $24 million dollars for childhood cancer research.  “Our Bald in the Boro event began in 2011. Since that time we have raised more than $280,000, bringing much needed awareness to the need for increased funding, and allowing families in our community to be involved in finding cures,” Dr. Jeremy Harrison, MMC Pediatrician said.

 

Dr. Harrison has been a leader and founder of the Bald in the Boro event in Rutherford County since the beginning. “I do it every year! The work made possible by St. Baldrick’s is something I’m truly passionate about,” stated Dr. Harrison. “It’s hard to miss a bunch of shaved heads around town. It definitely makes people aware.”

 

Seven years of dedication and participation have earned Dr. Harrison, among several others event organize, shavees and volunteers, a seat at the “Knights of the Bald Table.” These supporters will be honored on the night of the event this year, and awarded for their service. Knighting ceremony will take place at 6pm on the night of the event.


Bald in the Boro welcomes people of all ages to ‘brave the shave,’ or simply donate in honor of the cause. To participate or learn more about the event, visit baldintheboro.com or join us this Friday, March 17th at Lanes Trains and Automobiles.  

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