The Grant-A-Starr Foundation (GASF) brings awareness and vital research funding dedicated to pediatric diagnostic testing.
Newer and faster diagnostic technologies can save children’s lives by reducing the critical time required to identify an illness, so treatment can begin. In 2005, Rod and Dolores Starr lost their 7-year-old son, Grant, to a deadly undiagnosed infectious disease. Had rapid and accurate diagnostic testing been available, Grant’s life might have been saved.
Over the past 11 years, the foundation has supported key research projects at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which have produced advancements in the diagnosis of meningitis, H1N1 virus, and other infectious diseases. The annual Fun Run Family – with the help of generous sponsors, City Council, FBISD, students and volunteers – has contributed to GASF raising over $1.2 million since its inception, with 100 percent of donations funding life-saving research.
The GASF Family Fun Run is unique as it is organized by a Teen Board, with the support of parent volunteers. The Teen Board is made up of local high school students with a passion for our cause and a desire to lead all aspects of our event; including planning, publicity, sponsorships and vendors, registration and race day. The 2018 Teen Board hopes to reach new milestones with 500 race participants and a fundraising goal of $50,000 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary!
Details and schedule
The Fun Run is a 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk on April 21 will have an 8 a.m. start. It is open to all novice and competitive runners, students, parents, and children. It will include both a 5K chip timed race on a USATF course and a one-mile event. A community post-race party with food, freebies, and fun for everyone will follow. There will also be an awards ceremony for multiple age groups and categories.
Race Location: Sugar Land’s Brazos River Park 18427 Southwest Freeway.
Registration is open. Go to www.grantastarr.org to register and see more race details, including the Team Challenge for corporate sponsors, local schools, and student groups to compete against each other. For more registration information, contact Sharise Amante at 281-889-0534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jolene Vanderzyl at 832-725-8396 or email@example.com.