Race for Lace to honor Taylor Nelson

Taylor Nelson

Taylor Nelson, a 2012 Crestview High School graduate, died of complications of several diseases including cystic fibrosis less than a week after he graduated.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW—Taylor Nelson achieved one of his lifelong goals when he graduated with the Crestview High School Class of 2012. Less than a week later, he died of complications of several diseases, including cystic fibrosis. The Nov. 3 local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 5K run/walk fundraiser commemorates Taylor.

This year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s nationwide annual Great Strides effort joins the local Race for Lace fundraiser, named for Baker student Lacey Adams — who has cystic fibrosis — and moves to downtown Crestview.

“We’re expecting 500 people or more,” said event co-chair Laurie Hutchison, whose 4-year-old daughter Meagan also has the disease. “It’s pretty exciting, especially for downtown Main Street. It’s a big deal for Crestview.”

The 5-kilometer (3-mile) race has several components, broadening its appeal to people of varying physical capability, according to Hutchison, co-chairperson Kristy Kolmetz and Lindsay Adams, Lacey’s mother.

“We are excited to be able to bring people to Crestview for a 5K and find a cure for CF at the same time,” the organizers stated in a news release. “This year, we have running, walking, team and stroller divisions. There will also be a kids’ fun run.”

Claudia Werner, senior development director for the North Florida regional Cystic Fibrosis Foundation office in Jacksonville, said Taylor’s mother, Jennifer Nelson, asked to help with fundraising efforts.

“I was just blown away that this woman has just lost her son and she was considering fundraising for our cause,” Werner said. “I asked her if this is what she wanted to do and she replied, ‘I just can’t let another child die.’”

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