Grant-A-Star Foundation’s 5th Annual 5K Race is March 23

Shown are the committee members: Front Row (left to right): Kaitlin Gascoyne, Rachel Lisse; Middle Row: Alex Hohn, Aliyah Slater, Samantha Starr, Julia Jameson, Dylan Alexander, Ellis Millard; Top Row: Grant Mueller, Reed Prado, Brandon Goldberg, and R.J. Slater.

The Grant-A-Starr Foundation is holding its 5th annual 5K race and family fun run!  The charity event date has been set for Saturday, March 23, at the Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd.

The Grant-A-Starr Foundation was founded to celebrate the life of Grant Starr, a precious seven-year-old boy who passed away from unidentified virus. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization created solely for the purpose of advancing diagnostic testing to save children’s lives. It provides financial support to Houston-based research projects that are dedicated to the development of diagnostic testing capabilities, thereby reducing the time required to identify a child’s critical illness—what now might take days or weeks could be reduced to a few hours.

What makes the Grant-A-Starr Foundation fun run unique is the student steering committee.  It is made up of local area high school volunteers who have taken a deep personal interest in the event.  Building upon the success of the first four years, the group, led by committee chairperson Rachel Lisse, is setting aggressive sponsorship goals for the 2013 run.

Ms. Lisse, a senior at Clements HS, says, “We have been blessed by great sponsorship in the past, and now we want to take it to the next level!  Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 for the Foundation and obviously, we need generous donations from the Sugar Land and Greater Houston business communities.  There are many levels of support available, and both businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate.  We welcome them all!”

For sponsorship information, please contact Kathy Knight at (281) 814-1841.  To learn more about the Grant-A-Starr Foundation, please go to: www.grantastarr.org.

This year’s event includes both a Team and School Challenge. The Team Challenge is open to all companies, organizations, or groups with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants per team. A company, organization, or group may have as many teams as it wants.  For more information or to register your team, please contact Ms. Samantha Starr at samstarr1395@gmail.com. The School Challenge is open to all FBISD schools and provides a variety of incentives for the participating schools. For more information on the School Challenge, please contact Ms. Betty Ann Williams at bafromsl@aol.com.

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