Moms organize 5K Trekking 4 Trisomy
Childhood friends Tracey Braddock and Misty Brown have organized a 5K Run/Walk called Trekking 4 Trisomy. Both lost daughters to the disorder. Through this race they hope to bring awareness, raise funds for research, and advocacy for families dealing with the difficult diagnosis of Trisomy 18. “We are working hard to plan a special day to honor the precious children and families who have been touched by Trisomy 18,” explained Tracey.
The event will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Lynches River County Park near Coward. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race/walk beginning at 8 a.m. The fee is $25 if pre-registered and $30 on race day. Go to https://trekking4trisomy.itsyourrace.com/register to pre-register. Trisomy 18 is a life-threatening disorder that impacts about one out of every 2,000 pregnancies in the U.S.
Usually diagnosed in pregnancy, Trisomy 18 steals many dreams, but the Trisomy 18 Foundation helps parents create new dreams for their child and for their families. The foundation represents the hope that those lost to Trisomy 18 will never be forgotten, that those who face Trisomy 18 will be supported, and that one day Trisomy 18 will be eliminated. Tracey and Misty grew up in the same neighborhood in Florence.
Tracy and husband Bryan and four daughters live in Florence. Misty, her husband Keith, and their six-year-old daughter Camille live in Pawleys Island. Trekking 4 Trisomy 5K Race/Walk is also a way for the two families to honor their beautiful daughters who were diagnosed with Trisomy 18 during pregnancy. Hope Caroline Braddock was born on Dec. 2, 2014, and lived five hours. Hannah Faith Brown was stillborn on June 7, 2013.