The Great Candy Run - Denver 2018
EVENT DATE: Nov 11, 2018
Behind every major cause are people and stories that validate its existence. For the Fetal Health Foundation and its main fundraising event, The Great Candy Run, that inspiration is in the form of twin girls, Ashley and Aspen Somers.
Just over 13 years ago, Lonnie and Michelle Somers learned of complications with their pregnancy. As it was their first, they were scared and left with few answers or resources for support in trying to find treatment for their unborn babies. The babies were diagnosed with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), a rare intrauterine disease of the placenta that affects identical twins that until recently resulted in high mortality rates for at least one of the twins. The Somers' found answers and treatment on their own and after welcoming their twin babies into the world, founded the Fetal Health Foundation so that other families would have a reliable source for answers, support, and hope.
Their main fundraising event, The Great Candy Run, is a running crowd-favorite in Denver. This event anticipates a crowd of well over 5,500 on November 11th at Washington Park. "To know that because of me, other kids are getting a second chance at life is just amazing and I am so thankful to be able to give them that opportunity," said Aspen Somers.
These inspiring girls have been participating in the run and volunteering on race day for several years and are always behind the scenes in supporting families looking for answers. Twin sister, Ashley said, "Being part of Fetal Health and The Great Candy Run makes me feel like I have a meaning to my life. I know I'm supposed to be here. I am meant to change the world."
The Fetal Health Foundation has supported thousands of families with information through its online repository of fetal syndromes, through counseling and treatment information, travel grants and research grants.