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Run4Water to give girl special vacation

By Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Last week, it was Empower Me Day Camp. This week, Run4Water is reaching out to the public to send a special girl on an extra-special vacation. 

Aubrey Averitt was born at 29 weeks and with two birth defects of her esophagus, TE fistula and a Stage 3 laryngeal cleft. She’s had seven major surgeries and more than 60 trips to the operating room for procedures requiring anesthesia. 

She has been tube-fed since she was born and has had a tracheostomy since she was 11 months old. 

According to her parents, she’s begged to go on vacation and go swimming each summer, but she’s always been unstable with her health. They even have a rule they don’t go more than an hour away from her hospital. 

Recently, however, she found out she would get her trach tube removed, and that would allow her to take the vacation to the mountains to go swimming as she’s always wanted. 

That’s where Run4Water showed up to help. A special 5K race will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on the Peyton Road side to raise money for Averitt’s vacation. A virtual race is also being held on the Internet. 

The race registration fee is $30, and anyone who runs, virtual or in reality on Thursday, will receive a medal. 

According to Run4Water founder Greg Armstrong, all donations of any size are appreciated. To donate or for more information, call Armstrong at 615-642-6863. 

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