Pumpkin Run to benefit local kindergartner

Monday, August 31, 2015

Registration opportunity set for Tuesday at Exeter Schools

In conjunction with its grand opening, the Exeter Corn Maze will host a Pumpkin Run Sept. 19 to benefit five-year-old Blazi Lowe, who started kindergarten at Exeter this year but was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor.

She had surgery to remove the tumor, however she must undergo a series of lengthy treatments to include travel to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., to help her body heal and learn how to walk, talk and accomplish basic tasks again. All proceeds from the event will help Blazi and her family with medical expenses.

Participant fees are $25 each, and checks may be made payable to Blazi's Fight. Family rates are available upon request. With the registration fee, participants receive a t-shirt and one free ticket for the upcoming corn maze. All ages are welcome to participate in the run.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register by Friday to ensure receiving a race day T-shirt, however registrations will be accepted on race day starting at 4 p.m. The race will begin at 5 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three finishers after the race. Refreshments will be available.

Event Coordinator Kerry Mattingly will be at Exeter schools on Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. for a registration opportunity. For anyone who is not able to be present or participate in the run but would like to contribute, donations can be made at the event or anytime by contacting Mattingly.

"Everything we raise from the run goes 100 percent to Blazi and her family," Mattingly said. "This is a family event. The route is throughout the pumpkin patch. Five laps equals five kilometers.

"This is our second year hosting an event. We try to find someone in the community who's in need. Robyn and Artie Cole own the property and provide the place to have it. Last year the event benefited the backpack program in Exeter."

Forms and registrations can be picked up and returned at the following locations in Exeter: L&L Stop and Shop, J&S Floral, C&C Country Store. They are available in Cassville at Security Bank, Security Insurance Agency, Freedom Bank, Carey's Floral, Sports World, Cassville YMCA, Whitley's Pharmacy and Fasco Industries. They are also available in Monett at the Monett YMCA, and in Seligman at People's Community Bank.

People may also call Mattingly at 417-342-4251 or email her at kerrymattingly95@gmail.com. To follow the event on Facebook, visit www.annual pumpkinrun@exetercornmaze.com, or visit the website: www.exetercornmaze.com.

Lowe is the daughter of Kayla Lowe and granddaughter of Melissa (Missy) Reed Whisenhunt and great-granddaughter of Larry Reed, all of Exeter. Cards of encouragement and/or donations may be sent to: Blazi Lowe, in company of Mercy Hospital, Floor 7 Room 7201, 1235 E. Cherokee, Springfield, Mo 65804.

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