sMiles for Megan
Published 12:02 am Friday, April 17, 2015
Organizers of a 5K in memory of Megan Kelley hope the inaugural race will grow into a showcase event for Andalusia.
Donna Kelley, Megan’s mother, said after her daughter lost her two-year battle with cancer in February, the family found a vision Megan had written about on her iPad.
Mrs. Kelley said that while Megan received an outpouring of love and support, she noticed that adult patients didn’t always receive the same attention as children and teens.
“I knew Megan’s heart was heavy for her neighbors and fellow fighters,” Mrs. Kelley said. “Still, I was shocked when, after she passed, I discovered a note on her iPad with highly-detailed plans for the ‘Megan Kelley Cancer Center.’ My child wanted to build a hospital of her own that would perfectly meet all the needs of patients, which she knew very well from her own experiences. There were floor plans, lists of materials and staff that would be needed, and even interior and exterior design plans! I was blown away by her dedication and sincere desire to help others.”
That vision inspired family members to start a foundation in Megan’s memory, the Megan Kelley Smile Foundation.
While the framework for that organization is being developed, Mrs. Kelley, family friends, and supporters are planning their first fundraiser, sMiles for Megan.
“I want 500 runners and walkers,” Mrs. Kelley said this week.
The event will begin and end at Andalusia High School at 8 a.m. on Sat., May 16. Pre-registration is available through active.com, where those from other areas can also sign up to be virtual participants.
Registration fees are $25, and those who preregister by May 11 are guaranteed a T-shirt and goody bag.
Registration forms also are available at Christopher’s Jewelers, Harold’s, and The Star-News, or below.
Those interested in being a race sponsor may contact Carolyn Graham at 428-2265.