Payton’s Race for a Cure a fun family event Saturday, July 21, visit Grattan Raceway, 7201 Lessiter Road in Belding, for a day of motocross racing (quads are allowed), kids’ activities, food concessions, raffle tent, and music with a local celebrity DJ. The event is the fourth annual Payton’s Race for a Cure to raise awareness of mitochondrial disease which local girl Payton DeWitt suffers from. This year’s event again includes a charity motorcycle ride in cooperation wit the Sparta Moose Lodge. The ride has grown to an amazing number of participants who come from the Belmont, Lowell and Sparta areas. With the theme of “Leaving Mito Disease in the Dust,” the event has donated over $25,000 to the mitochondrial disease community (Mito community, MitoAction and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation) over the last three years. “The first year I did it for fun and to help a good cause,” said participant Bill Kremer. “Now I do it because Payton and her family and friends are an inspiration to me and my family.” Mitochondrial disease is a deficiency in the body’s ability to form energy leaving all other organs and life supporting functions to suffer. It affects people from head to toe. It preys on adults with later onset, but it also preys on innocent children forcing their lives to be hindered by this monster. Symptoms range in severity from mild to fatal. There is no treatment, no cure and minimal research is being completed due to lack of funding. There is only care, comfort and maintenance for the patient. One in 4,000 children will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 years old. Find out more about the event on paytonsraceforacure.com. The event begins with rider sign-in at 8 a.m. and activities begin at 11 a.m.
It has been stated that one in 4,000 children will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 years old (mitoaction.org). My child is the one in 4,000. There is no cure for this disease and most who hear of it have the same response, “What’s mitochondrial disease?” Payton’s Race for a Cure is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support advocacy, awareness and ultimately a cure for mitochondrial disease. On October 1, 2011, the third annual Payton’s Race for a Cure will take place at Grattan Raceway. We are very pleased to announce that in the previous years we have raised a combined $20,000 for the mitochondrial community. All proceeds were donated to United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (www.UMDF.org) and MitoAction (www.mitoaction.org). Both organizations are extremely committed to the mitochondrial disease community, focusing on support for the individuals, families, awareness and a cure. We pride ourselves on being a family-oriented event that offers something for everyone. This year’s event is very similar to previous years. We will not only have the dirt bike practice, but we have children’s games, bounce houses, face painting, a deejay, raffles, and more. Riders registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first practice starting at 9:30. The fee for riders is $25. All riders will receive an automatic entry into the rider exclusive raffle. This raffle includes many items from valued sponsors such as Fox Powersports, Monster Energy, One Industries, Shift, EVS, Rocky Mountain ATV and many more. In addition, the first 150 registered riders will receive a goodie bag and a Payton’s Race for a Cure t-shirt. All other activities will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.paytonsraceforacure.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paytonsraceforacure.
Gilda’s Club benefit of event Visit scenic Grattan for an evening of entertainment including music by the Stroke Of MidnitE and memory and tribute flags for those affected by cancer. The walk takes place at the Grattan Raceway Thursday, August 4 with registration at 5 p.m. Organizers hope the evening of comraderie for a good cause will include residents sitting down with camp chairs to enjoy the music after walking the scenic two mile course. Described as a “heartwarming event,” the walk will include viewing memory and tribute flags and stylists will be available for those who wish to donate hair to Locks of Love in honor of loved ones. Hair should be eight inches long or longer. The Grattan Twilight Walk Cancer Walk Team hope donations to Gilda’s Club, a free cancer and grief support community of children, adults, families and loved ones, will make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. For more information, visit online at GrattanTLCWalk.com.
Grattan Academy students Anna~Maria Zook, Amber Clouse, Madison Cox and Mary Ricards take a spin around the Grattan Raceway during the school-sponsored Bike Night on Monday, August 3. For the second year in a row, Grattan Academy invited the community to join them for a fun evening at the Grattan Raceway. Participants of all ages enjoyed riding bikes and scooters, skateboarding and rollerblading around the two-mile track located in Grattan Township. Grattan Academy is a tuition-free charter school with locations in Belding and Greenville.