Binghamton, N.Y.—On April 25th, Kalen Kulas of Port Crane will join runners, walkers and the Make-A-Wish® team at the 2015 Southern Tier 5K Run/Walk for Wishes.
He won’t be there just for fun, however. Kalen, age 4, is on a mission: He’s this year’s Honorary Wish Kid.
Kalen has spinal muscular atrophy and received his wish – an accessible treehouse – last fall. Kalen and his family will serve as Make-A-Wish ambassadors during the event, including cutting the starting line banner and kicking off the run and walk.
The Southern Tier Run/Walk for Wishes features a competitive 5K run at 10 a.m. and a non-competitive 5K walk at 10:05 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to top runners and fundraisers. Registration is $25 and can be done online until April 23rd by visiting www.cny.wish.org. Registration will also take place at the event beginning at 9 a.m.
Make-A-Wish® Central New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the special wishes of children, between the ages of 2½ and 18, who have life-threatening medical conditions. In granting these wishes, Make-A-Wish strives to provide the child and family with a bit of respite and extra-special memories of joy and laughter.
Since its inception in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 1,500 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer,Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® Central New York has granted more than 1,500 wishes with nearly 500 in the Southern Tier.
For more information about Make-A-Wish® Central New York, visit the organization’s website at www.cny.wish.org or call (315) 475-WISH.
Kalen Kulas, of Port Crane, is serving as Honorary Wish Kid for the 2015 Southern Tier Walk/Run for Wishes, an annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Central New York. Four-year-old Kalen received his wish – an accessible treehouse – in August 2014.