LOGAN – On March 29th at 9 am, the fourth annual Braveheart Charity 5k/10k will take place on Utah State University’s campus. The race is organized by the 860th Cadet Wing and every year they pick a family in Cache Valley that is deserving of help.
This year, the 860th Cadet Wing selected a five-year-old boy named Rustin Jones. Race coordinator Jordan Woods explained that Rustin has cortical dysplasia, where the brain is underdeveloped on the left side.
“When he was three, we found out he has cortical dysplasia,” said Jeanie Jones, Rustin’s mother. “Because of the brain problems that he has, he has a hard time using the left side of his body, but he’s very determined. He can walk and run. He’s practiced jumping and he can finally jump now.”
Jeanie added that Rustin is also deaf in his right ear and wears a hearing aid on the left ear. Due to hearing loss, Rustin is just now learning to talk.
Woods said since the family travels a lot for Rustin’s condition, money from the race will help with travel expenses. They also hope to get an iPad to help Rustin communicate.
“The more people we get involved, the better,” said Woods. “This is a great opportunity for people to get out and open their eyes to see there is a lot of need, even in Cache Valley.”
Cost for the 5k and 10k is $15. Register online at <a href=”https://events.regtix.com/braveheartrun.htm” target=”_blank”>braveheartrun.regtix.com</a> or at USU’s Military Science Building Room 107. Online registration closes March 27th. Runners who pre-register will get a shirt, bib number, and raffle ticket.
The race will start between the Taggart Student Center and LDS Institute building on campus. Woods invites community members to come at 8:30 am for a one mile fun run. All proceeds from the race will go to Rustin’s family.