Race for Lace to honor Taylor Nelson

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

Werner said she had gotten to know Taylor during his illness and, like many others, found him inspirational. Although he was wheelchair-bound and used oxygen, Taylor returned to Crestview from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for his senior prom, and again a few weeks later for First Baptist Church’s senior dinner and his graduation.

“I came to see Taylor graduate and then to lose him days later, this is an opportunity to make a huge difference,” Werner said. “I’m like Jenn: We can’t let another kiddo go this way. We are so close to finding a cure for this disease.”

“This year alone, a new drug entered the market that shows great promise to those living with CF,” Adams said in an email. “That is one reason the Race for Lace has now teamed up with Great Strides, the nationwide campaign to raise money and awareness of CF.”

Adams said the Nov. 3 events would include games and a slide for registered kids, an after-run breakfast and live music, including a performance by the Crestview High School jazz band. Awards will be presented for age groups with five-year increments and for teams, costumes and stroller categories. Boston butts will be available for $30.

Door prizes include a beach-view condo vacation, a New Orleans vacation, Okaloosa Island Pier fishing passes, a Destin fishing trip for two, a Lewis & Company diamond necklace and local gift cards, organizers said.

The chairpersons said this year’s goal is to raise $30,000, of which more than $12,000 in sponsorships is pledged.

“While having all this fun, we are finding a cure for children and adults living with cystic fibrosis,” Adams said.

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