Don't miss this year's Rainbow Run on Saturday in Augusta
Walk. Run. Family Fun. All at the 8th Annual Rainbows Run scheduled for Saturday, May 4. Events begin and end at Lincoln Elementary School, 1812 Cron, Augusta.
Registration and family fun activities will be available at 8 a.m. with a race warm up at 8:45 a.m. leading to the 5K race at 9 a.m. and the 1-Mile Walk at 9:05 a.m. Events conclude with the awards ceremony around 9:45 a.m.
The officially timed 5K race has scenic lake views and is open to competitive and non-competitive participants. Strollers and dogs on a leash are welcome.
Register online at RainbowsUnited.org. There will be same day registration as well. Proceeds benefit children birth – 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ two Butler County services: Targeted Case Management, Bright Beginnings Infant/Toddler Services.
5K - Adult: $30 (age 18 and older)
5K - Youth: $25 (ages 6–17)
Walk - Adult: $20 (age 18 and older)
Walk - Youth: $15 (ages 6–17)
Children 5 and under are FREE (t-shirt not included)
Family fun activities include: games, face painting, photo booth, bubbles, food trucks, touch –a-truck and more.
Parking is available at Augusta High School as well as Lincoln Elementary School.
Rainbows Run Sponsors are: Vess Oil Corporation, Parks Chevrolet, Heartland Homecare Services - A Long Term Care Pharmacy, Andover State Bank, INTRUST Bank, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, Rotary Club of Andover and others.
Event partners are: Koch Industries, Timer Guys, B98, Cox Communications, The Wichita Eagle.
Rainbows’ Run | Walk Ambassador family
Canyon Stephenson is 2-years-old, and loves rough housing with his 2 brothers. His mom Rachael had a normal pregnancy and Canyon was born right on time. He proceeded to wrap his family around his little finger with his smiles and cute baby laugh.
When he was 2 months old, his mom noticed that his eyes were moving unusually fast and she became concerned. Canyon was diagnosed by a local pediatric ophthalmologist with congenital nystagmus, a condition that causes the eyes to look involuntarily from side to side in a rapid, swinging motion rather than staying fixed on an object or person.
At 9 months Canyon received an evaluation through Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler Services of Butler County. Joanna, a Rainbows’ therapist began seeing Canyon in the family home and works with him to meet age-appropriate developmental milestones. With Joanna’s help he used a few signs with gestures for communication while learning words. He quickly progressed to imitating words and now she models phrases to prompt him and he talks more.
“Joanna gives me tools to work with him,” said Rachael. “I’ve learned to take smaller steps for him to learn. I now speak one word, then two words at a time to help him process what I am saying. These suggestions make a big difference in his understanding.”
“I love working with Canyon and his family,” said Joanna, Speech-Language Pathologist. “He has progressed quickly and now communicates so much more, which cuts down frustration for him and his parents.”
“He can now see and follow an airplane in the sky,” said his dad, Christian. “I know he is able to focus his eyes so much better now, I see progress in my son.”
Rachael also now understands that she knows Canyon better than anyone. “Through these regular visits, I’ve learned to trust my gut,” said Rachael. “It’s been so helpful to have Joanna to share ideas with as we work together to help Canyon progress.”
While surgery and eye glasses may be in Canyon’s future, his family knows the services provided through Rainbows have made a big difference in getting him off to a good start.