2013-10-03 / Front Page

5K Run/Walk To Benefit Kylie Mellott

Tough Little Cookie run/walk set for October 12
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Four-month-old Kylie Mellott, daughter of Justin and Jenn Mellott of Warfordsburg, remains a patient at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Md. A special 5K run/walk will be held later this month to help raise money for the Mellott family, who are facing mounting medical expenses. Four-month-old Kylie Mellott, daughter of Justin and Jenn Mellott of Warfordsburg, remains a patient at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Md. A special 5K run/walk will be held later this month to help raise money for the Mellott family, who are facing mounting medical expenses. NEWS EDITOR

Registration forms are still being accepted for a special 5K run/walk that will benefit the 4- month-old daughter of a Warfordsburg area family.

The “Tough Little Cookie” 5K will kick off Saturday, October 12, at Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School at 7 a.m. in honor of Kylie Mellott, the daughter of Justin and Jenn Mellott.

Kylie was born prematurely as a result of preeclampsia in May 2013 at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Md., where she remains under observation as the smallest baby ever under the care of hospital staff. Only 9 inches long and weighing 13 ounces at the time of her birth, the story of Kylie’s miraculous growth and life was shared with the “News” by event organizer Ginny Smith.

Currently tipping the scales at an “amazing” 3 pounds, Smith said, hospital officials are waiting for Kylie to reach the 4-pound mark in order for her to be transferred to another medical facility to address an existing trachea issue. Word has not yet been received whether Kylie will be moved to John Hopkins or Children’s Hospital for the additional treatment.

In the meantime, Kylie’s parents continue to incur not only medical expenses but the costs surrounding their daily travels to Maryland to remain by their youngest child’s side.

Smith told the “News” 40 individuals have already preregistered for the special fundraising event to benefit the Mellott family. It is her hope that at least 75 individuals will participate in the Tough Little Cookie event that will also feature a specially designed Kids Fun Run.

Cost to preregister for the Tough Little Cookie 5K is $20 or $25 on the actual race day. Meanwhile, the Kids Fun Run is $10 to preregister or $15 on race day.

While organizers have not established a goal for how much they would like to raise for the Mellott family, Smith noted funding in the form of sponsorships has truly “been a blessing.” To date, around two dozen sponsorships have been received in the amount of $50 or more and will be listed on the back of race day Tshirts. Even though the deadline for sponsorship has elapsed, local businesses and individuals are still encouraged to make a donation to the event.

Furthermore, only those individuals who preregistered by the September 25 deadline are guaranteed a t-shirt.

According to Smith, participants in the Tough Little Cookie race will depart from the high school parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and cross Buck Valley Road onto the rolling hills of Green Lane Road, where they will reach a designated turnaround location. The Kids Fun Run will follow the exact same course, but the race route will be shortened to 1.5 miles for young athletes. Parents wishing to accompany their child on the Fun Run are encouraged to register as well.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Interested individuals can preregister online at http://www.raceit.com/search/ event.aspx?id=22929. Information can also be obtained at Tough LittleCookieRun@gmail.com or by calling Dave and Ginny Smith at 717-294-6967.

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