Port Henry Kennedy Taylor wants to be a runner.
Sadly, illness is keeping the Moriah Central School fifth grade student on the sidelines, so others will run for her Sunday, March 11.
The Run/Walk for Kennedy will start and finish at Moriah Central School. Registration for the 5-kilometer event will begin at 9 a.m. with the run/walk at 9:30 a.m. There is no entry fee, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go the Taylor family.
The course will go from the school to Taylor’s home so she can see the runners as they pass by.
“We had the Girls on the Run program at school last year,” Jessica Bosarge, school counselor, said. “Kennedy really wanted to be part of it, but just couldn’t because of her illness. We thought this may be way to make her feel involved.”
Taylor, who lives in Port Henry with her grandparents Paulette and Leon Taylor, completed cancer treatments last year. Recently the cancer returned. She is a patient at the Children’s Hospital of Vermont in Burlington, but is returning home for hospice care this week.
“We just learned last weekend that her prognosis had changed,” Bosarge said. “She’s not doing well.”
That’s the reason the Run/Walk for Kennedy is being hastily arranged. Bosarge said it's hoped Taylor can soon resume treatments after regaining strength.
“Kennedy’s grandmother works in our cafeteria and everyone at school knows Kennedy and her family,” Bosarge said. “It’s a small school, a small community. We really want to show Kennedy how much we care.”
Entry forms are being sent home with all Moriah students. Bosarge is hopeful many students and their families will participate in the run/walk.