Stone Mountain, GA — An 11-year-old Stone Mountain boy with a rare medical condition is raising money to help other children in need.
“Kin, a 11-year old from Stone Mountain is participating and serving as an ambassador for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) “Steppin’ Up for Kids” fundraiser, a ‘get moving’ national initiative in June that encourages people to engage in healthy lifestyles while raising funds for medical grants for kids in Georgia and across the U.S,” a press release says. “Kin was born with a rare and complex health condition called Cloacal exstrophy (OEIS Syndrome). It is comprised of combination of defects resulting in a need for AFO’s, forearm crutches and consistent catheterization.
“While this condition presents many challenges, Kin doesn’t let it stop him from doing all the activities he loves. A grant from UHCCF has provided his family with the resources to cover the costs for specialist visits and procedures that he needs to stay healthy. For Kin that means the freedom to run around with his friend and participate in his favorite hobby, karate.”
The Steppin’ Up for Kids fundraiser challenges participants to take 50,000 steps during June or do other healthy activities, the press release says.
“Participants can register as individuals, families or teams. Once registered, participants join regional teams, representing their region of the United States, and record their dollars through their personal fundraising pages,” the press release says. “Registration information can be found here. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 25,000 grants valued at $54 million to children and their families across the United States.”
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