DSU teams up with Make A Wish
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 20, 2013 | 2260 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta State Fighting Okra will represent on Saturday as Delta State’s Student Athletic Advisory Council is partnering with Make-A-Wish Mississippi to host the first Fear the Okra Fun Run and 5K on Oct. 26 at Delta State’s Fitness Trail on the intersection of Canal and Maple Street.

According to the Make-A-Wish website, "Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve."

On the day of the race registration will be from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Participants can pre-register before Oct. 22 and the first 25 will get a free t-shirt.

5K pre-registration is $25 and $30 Oct. 22.

Kids Fun Run pre-registration is $10 and $15 after Oct. 22.

Braxton Grant, a Cleveland Wish Child will kick off the kids’ fun run at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m.

The Kids Fun Run is for children ages 12 and under. Parents can run free with one parent per child.

There will also be a costume contest & prize awarded to best dressed at each Kick-Off and door prizes drawn for 5K participants!

According to Swayze Pentecost, a Make-a-Wish representative, Braxton Grant is six years old.

January, he woke up unable to speak, swallow, or move the left side of his body. After numerous tests, doctors found a blood clot in the lower part of Braxton’s brain. Braxton had a stroke, and also has a malformation of his spinal cord and brain.

After a month in the hospital, and many months of therapy, Braxton is doing well. Braxton’s most heartfelt wish was to go on the Disney Cruise.

His mom wrote, “It was the most amazing trip of our lives! Everything about it was truly magical. Thank you Make-A-Wish Mississippi, you have made us so many happy memories during this very hard year."

"He and his family will be featured at our event. They will be judging the costume contest at each kick off.

"The fun run for kids is just a half mile around the intramural fields," said Pentecost.

"Kristi Harrison of Cleveland has been huge in helping make a wish plan this event.

"She is a new volunteer for us," said Pentecost.

Delta State athletes have also volunteered to help during the event.

"Michael Vinson, a graduate student, has organized for the athletes to be there. NCAA DII schools have adopted make a wish as their charity to support- they have held lots of fundraisers for us," said Pentecost.

Last year 110 wishes were granted by the foundation in Mississippi.

Sponsors are still needed for the event. For a $200 sponsorship, individuals or businesses will be named on signage at the walk, in all Make-A-Wish advertisements and press releases, and on the Make-A-Wish website. To make a donation, please call (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, or email swayze@ms.wish.org.

Event information and interested participants may register at the Make-A-Wish website.

For more information, contact Swayze Pentecost at Swayze@ms.wish.org or (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, Kristi Harrison at kltharrison81@gmail.com or Delta State Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Services Michael Vinson at svinson@deltastate.edu.