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Walk N Roll raises more than $1K

It was a cold, gray and misty Saturday morning, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the dozens of walkers who came out to the track to raise money and awareness for the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky.

The event, put together by Amie and Steven Moore, who walked with their 3-year-old son, Lincoln, brought together about 40 walkers at the Campbell Junior High School track and raised at least $1,070, according to Amie.

Lincoln and another little boy who also has spina bifida, Tristyn Toth, were among the walkers.

Tristyn walked with his parents, Brittany Banks and Nathan Toth of Winchester, who carried Tristyn’s baby brother, Elyjah Toth.

Grandparents and other members of Tristyn and Lincoln’s families were there as well.

Spina bifida involves an incomplete closing of the spine and membranes around the spinal cord during early pregnancy. The condition affects between 1,500 and 2,000 children born each year in the U.S.

What Tristyn has is OEIS complex, which includes spina bifida.

“Doctors said that the likelihood of him ever walking was slim to none,” and that most kids with his condition would be “wheel-chair bound,” Brittany said. But her son had proven the doctors wrong, she said.

“He walks and runs perfectly fine,” she said. He sometimes tires out, but “he does not let it stop him.”

Tristyn walked during part of a lap, and his mom carried him part of the way.

“Tristyn is not only my son, he is my inspiration and my hero,” she said.

The walk Saturday was a Spina Bifida Awareness Month event to support the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky.

“We’re just honored and blessed to have everybody show up for this,” Amie said after the group had walked its first lap.

Among those participating were several members of the Winchester Police Department, which presented a check for $300 the officers had raised among themselves.

Healthy Smiles of the Bluegrass, another sponsor, donated the group’s sign.

“We’d just like to thank everybody who came out and supported not only Lincoln, but every boy and girl who has spina bifida,” said Steven Moore. “A lot of people take for granted simple things like being able to walk every day, and so walking a lap doesn’t seem like a lot, but it makes a big difference. Any awareness that we can raise to help other kids like him, we’re glad to do.” 

Amie said the group is still raising more for the association.

People can donate to the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky at https://spinabifidakentucky.org or donate to the Moores, and they’ll make sure it gets to the association.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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