On Saturday, August 25th, my daughter and I will hold our Annual Hip Hop 5K/10K run and 2 mile walk at the Oliver Ames High School. We are in the final stretch of preparations for our 6th annual run. Our goal is to raise over $40,000 for hip dysplasia research at the Boston Children's Hospital Hip Program. My team, “It All Adds Up!”, needs your help in reaching our team goal of $5,000.
Emily began the first Hip Hop 5k in 2013 and with your help we have raised close to $100,000. Emily was diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a teenager and went through over 10 surgeries since 2009 to reconstruct her hips. She has worked with experts at Lahey Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as well as consulting top orthopedic specialists around the world. One hip was successfully reconstructed, but the other had complications and she lost the use of her left leg. She is still unable to walk without the aid of crutches. She has taken this in stride and has become active in several adaptive programs, currently a Board member of Vermont Adaptive that teaches others to ski, cycle and hike despite the loss of normal functionality.