Maddie’s Footprints to Hold 8th Annual Footprints Forever 5k Walk & Run
Lafayette, LA – On Saturday, October 14th the Lafayette non-profit organization, Maddie’s Footprints, will hold its eith annual Footprints Forever 5K Fun Run/Walk at River Ranch Town Square. This annual fundraiser has become a signature event for Maddie’s Footprints as it unites family and friends to celebrate the life of a child. Maddie’s Footprints was established to support families coping with miscarriages, stillbirths or the loss of an infant. Since 2010, Maddie’s has helped nearly 900 families and contributed close to $500,000 to these families of Acadiana. This organization relies on community support to assist even more families every year.
Maddie’s Footprints strives to keep the Footprints Forever 5k a profitable and a family focused event. Not only does the fundraiser include a one mile and 5K fun run/walk but includes activities for children, music, food, beverages, and a remembrance ceremony. This year the event will feature a Kids’ Zone with multiple fun jumps, face painters and balloon artists for the children to enjoy. Event goers will not leave hungry with hot jamabalya on hand, plus there will be a variety of fresh fruit, snacks, snow balls provided by Kona Ice and the Great American Cookie Co. will have a giant cookie cake with hundreds of angel babies’ names Maddie’s has served.
Nearly 2,000 community members participate in this event to honor and remember babies. Many families of these babies form teams to raise money and will walk/run with friends and other family members. Many individuals and businesses throughout Acadiana also give generously to the cause, whether with their time as volunteers, monetary sponsorships or in-kind contributions. Thanks to the tremendous support by the community, the event has grown significantly and this is the third year that the race route will take place on Camellia Boulevard.
The event website, https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/LA/Lafayette/FootprintsForever, includes information to register, create a fundraising and/or walk and run team and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Event participants can also register the day of the race beginning at 7:00 am. Adults can currently register for $35 and the cost for children 12 and under is $20. The prices will increase after September 15th. The one mile fun run begins at 8:00 am and the 5k walk/run starts at 8:30 am. Packet pick-up will be Friday, October 13th at City Club in River Ranch and packets can also be picked up the morning before to the race. Event goers can park in the River Ranch parking garage, parking lot behind Romacelli, and street parking in River Ranch.
About Maddie’s Footprints:
Maddie’s Footprints is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization established in January 2010 in memory of Madeline Noelle McGrew by the organization’s founders, Lori and Travis McGrew. The vision of Maddie’s Footprints is to help families who have experienced miscarriages, stillbirths or the loss of an infant (up to one year in age). The organization helps lead these families in the right direction when they are in need of information and/or counseling. Maddie’s Footprints also offers these families financial assistance for end-of-life expenses and/or medical expenses that can be overwhelming during their difficult time.