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Help a good cause at Sidekix Trick or Trot

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The inaugural Sidekix Trick or Trot will be held at the Wilson Medical Center track on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fundraiser is to help the Sidekix nonprofit raise money to pay for all Sidekix Mix events, seminars and socials for a year. Sidekix would also like to offer an eighth-grade to college-age formal dance/prom in the spring.

Sidekix programs promote inclusion and friendships for Sidekix kids with special needs/disabilities and their typically developing Sidekix friends. There is also a support program promoting the same for parents and siblings of special needs families.

At the Trick or Trot there will be a competitive 1 1/2-mile run for serious runners followed by a Walk/Trot for anyone who wants to walk with the Sidekix kids and friends. Sidekix kids with walkers or wheelchairs can participate, and families can also stroll babies and toddlers safely at the hospital track. There will be lots of fun, games and treats for everyone, ending the event with a costume contest.

Anyone who would like to sponsor with a name/business logo on the T-shirts and banners have a booth ($25) to promote a school, business, service or product, can email elizabeth@sidekixfriends.com for information. The levels of sponsorship range from $100 to $1,000 or more. For more information, check out the website at www.sidekixfriends.com. To register for the race and free t-shirt, go to runsignup.com.

“Sidekix is humbled and thrilled with the response from the entire Wilson Community,” said Hunter Peebles, who helped launch the program.

The first board meeting with board members Dr. Susan Bane, Eric Davis, Kathie Davis, Will Farris, Suzette Gibson, Riley Hottovey, Amber Lynch, Kurt Schmidt, Beth Searcy and John Sorenson was spent planning the annual fundraiser.

Being able to provide the Sidekix Mix events and Parent/Sibling support groups and socials free of charge will enable more people to be a part of this life changing program, Pebbles said.

“The best gift you can give an individual with special needs is your friendship. To include them, get to know them, and believe in them,” she said.

Rain date is Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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