HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hundreds of people showed up to support Western New Yorkers with cerebral palsy.
The Walk, Run, Roll in Lauren’s Shoes 5K was held at Woodlawn Beach Saturday. Participants were encouraged to wear ankle weights, to show them how it feels to walk and run with CP.
The 5K was inspired by Lauren Walier. She was diagnosed with CP when she was just one years old.
Lauren became a voice for the CP community after she attended her first awareness meeting and learned there was no federal funding for CP research.
This motivated her to start the Make LemonAide Foundation, which raises money for awareness, research and training therapists.
Money from the 5K goes towards the foundation.
“It’s about honoring the community and what they stand for,” said Walier. “Making them feel special for the day and not like they have a disability. They’re normal, whatever normal is.”
News Four’s Chief 4-Warn Meteorologist Todd Santos emceed the event.