The Southern Arkansas University Social Work Education Leadership (SWEL) Club is hosting a “Kicking Up Hope for Hayden” 5K run/walk, with the proceeds befitting an effort to help Hayden Cain Minor and his family fund construction of a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.
The SAU SWEL Club has set a goal of raising $8,000 through the 5K entry fees, sponsorships and other donations. The race will be held at 6 p.m. on November 8 at the SAU campus. Hayden’s family is going to share any proceeds exceeding the $8,000 goal with local charities. Download the entry form or the sponsor form.
Hayden, 10 of Camden, underwent brain surgery when he was only one week old, and is currently battling Holoprosencephaly, Quad Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and Ensephelacele of the brain. These conditions limit his physical mobility to a wheelchair, but they have not hindered his spirit or his will to fight and survive.
Hayden’s mother, Kimberly Pharr, recently found a full-time job after having been unemployed. Her husband, P.J. Pharr, is currently serving in the United States Army as well as attending school at SAU Tech in Camden.
Although Hayden suffers from restricting conditions, he is defying the odds and still manages to enjoy life to the fullest. With support from the community, the SAU SWEL Club hopes to ease the family’s stress and difficulties of not having a wheelchair-accessible bathroom at their home.
For more information on the 5K fundraising event, visit the “Hope for Hayden” Facebook page.