Saturday is the Run, Walk and Roll event for USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities

Chase activates a toy from his new, specialized chair.

Saturday (June 24) the Up to 3 program in USU’s Center for Persons With Disabilities (CPD) is hosting a repeat of last year’s successful Run, Walk and Roll event at North Logan’s Elk Ridge Park.

Up to 3 Coordinator Marla Nef said funds raised last year went toward specialized equipment and devices to help young disabled children function better.

“For example,” said Nef, “a special Tumble Form chair was provided the family of little Chase Reed that made it possible for him to finally sit up and interact with his family. Chase has no trunk strength and is unable to sit up on his own.”

Two and a half year old Chase has limited vision and uses cochlear implants and his dexterity is limited. Until recently he spent a lot time on his back on the floor. Such devices have made a difference for the Reed family and other families in northern Utah.

“Up to 3 provides parent training and evaluations in a child’s home, for children under three years of age. We have physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, development specialists, autism specialists and social workers go to the home, based on what a child might need and they train parents to have little strategies they can use every day in everything they are doing with their child to help them develop the way they should so they can catch up.”

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This year’s Run, Walk and Roll event, beginning at 9 am, features a 10K, 5K and one-mile walk, plus fun family/carnival like activities and a raffle and prizes.

For more information visit the <a href=”http://upto3.org” target=”_blank”>Up to 3 website</a>.

Those attending are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero or rock star.

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