1-Mile Rainbows’ GLOW Family Fun Walk will be Saturday and will begin and end at The Point Events Center located at 2101 Dearborn Street, Augusta.

Bring the family, get your GLOW gear on and benefit children with special needs at the same time. The 1-Mile Rainbows’ GLOW Family Fun Walk is for everyone, while the timed 5K GLOW event will follow. Events on Saturday will begin and end at The Point Events Center located at 2101 Dearborn Street, Augusta.
The unique GLOW themed festivities kick off with onsite registration and children’s activities at 6 p.m. The 1 Mile GLOW event begins at 7 p.m. followed by the 5K at 7:30, with the awards ceremony taking place at 8:45. Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for teenagers ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under.
 People can register the day of the event. Proceeds benefit children birth through age 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ two Butler County services: Targeted Case Management and Bright Beginnings Infant/Toddler Services.
 Free child care will be available for children ages 2 through 8 during the 5K event, provided by the Butler Community College Association for Early Childhood Education.
Families should reserve a child care spot in advance by calling Carol at 316-558-3422. Strollers, wheelchairs and dogs on leashes are welcome to join in the Family Fun Walk. There are also many opportunities for volunteers.
Parking is available at Augusta High School as well as streets not along the event routes as well as limited spaces at The Point Events Center.
Participants will receive a tech-shirt printed with glow ink until they are gone and there will be opportunities for prizes, including an additional category for special needs athletes. Individuals and groups dressed in GLOWgear will be entered in the costume contest. Limited GLOWgear will be for sale at the event.
A highlight of the event will be around 8:15 p.m. when the Rainbows’ Butler County employees participate in the registration incentive activity.
Rainbows Run • Walk Sponsors are: Vess Oil Corporation, Parks Motors Parks Chevrolet, Sherwin Williams, Holly Frontier Refinery, Heartland Homecare Services, Inc., Cox Communications, Butler County Times-Gazette, KMUW Wichita Public Radio and The Wichita Eagle.
Additional sponsors are: Bank SNB, Armfield Dentistry, Art of Life Chiropractic, Air Capitol AMBUCS, C&F Land and Cattle, LLC, Cox Machine, Bob & Kim Stewart, Flinthills Services, Inc., Albert Hogoboom Oilfield Trucking, Inc., Family First Living and others.
For more information, contact Michelle Eastman, vice president of marketing and communications, at 316-558-3435 or visit RainbowsUnited.org.


Meet Jackson Lawson

Jackson Lawson was born nine weeks early and weighed 2 lbs 5 oz. He came home from the neonatal intensive care unit after one month. The next month he was receiving services from occupational therapist, Kara, through Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in Butler County.
“When Kara first came, she asked me what my goals were for the year,” said Jackson’s mom, Sasha. “When he was first born, we didn’t think he would even live. We were just happy to have a baby at this point.”
Kara’s personal and professional experience in working with infants and toddlers who have delays comforted Jackson’s parents immediately.
“Kara had premature twins, so when she came in she wasn’t intimidated by the oxygen and tubes. She just scooped him up and was completely comfortable. It was easy because she knew what was going on and I didn’t have to explain. She was also able to give a little advice and peace of mind on things,” said Sasha.
The very first sessions of therapy consisted of trying to get Jackson to focus on toys and people.  By 12 months, Jackson was making quick progress. Kara would give Sasha something to work on with him and he would have it mastered in a couple of days. Now, at 19 months the only delay that Jackson still has is with speech. Even though Jackson is very social and loves making noises, he has difficulty speaking and prefers to use sign language. He is also an energetic toddler who loves being around people and playing outside.
Sasha feels Kara has helped her and her husband as much as she has helped Jackson, by providing them with ideas and answering questions. “Actually, the biggest complaint I have is that all parents don’t have a Kara. Even if Jackson was a full-term baby, I couldn’t imagine going through his infancy without her.”
In addition to being a full-time mom, Sasha is a member of the Rainbows GLOW Run • Walk Committee and has been active in getting the event ready for April.