Infertility: The 3rd Annual Path to Parenthood 5K
Written by: Jenny with Kansas City Infertility Awareness Foundation
Infertility. Something that will always and forever be close to my heart. I have walked the walk. I battled my own three-year infertility journey. I wanted to be a mom more than anything in the world. I wasn't sure if that dream would ever become a reality.
It's one of those things. Unless you've gone through it, it's really hard to totally understand. All of the emotions. All of the scars. It's so hard. And, I get it.
People have asked -- why do you continue to talk about infertility? You have kids now. You got your 'happy ending'.
Wanna know why? Because I never want any other woman to walk the lonely road alone.
Years ago, I got involved with KCIA (Kansas City Infertility Awareness Foundation) and if you are struggling with infertility right now -- I highly encourage you to reach out to them. They offer support groups and so much information. And, my motto while trying to have my babies? Knowledge is power!
This Saturday morning, once again I'll be emceeing the 3rd Annual Path to Parenthood 5K to raise funds for KCIA’s Family Building Grant that will be awarded to two families each year. The Family Building Grant provides financial support to current families enduring the costly struggle of infertility. This grant specifically assists with the costs associated with medical infertility treatments and/or adoption.
I'd love for you to join me -- no matter where you are with your journey.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055
This year they'll host a 5K Run, 1 mile Awareness Walk, Kids Fun Run and a Virtual Run.
-5K run & 1 mile walk start at 8:00am
Kids Fun Run 9:00am (for children 9 & under).
-Each participant of the 5K will receive a finisher medal.
-A beautiful course along the scenic lake at the Bass Pro Shops.
-Professionally timed by Race Day Timing Solutions.
-Live DJ and emcee’d by Jenny Matthews from Mix 93.3.
-Great snacks and plenty of drinks along the route.
-Support signs line the course.
Path to Parenthood Kids Fun Run: Registration includes an event shirt and kids medal.
Path to Parenthood Virtual Run: Run your own 5k anywhere, anytime and still support us! Registration includes an event shirt, finisher medal, race bib and the shipping charges are included in the registration fee, as your packet will be mailed to you the week after the event.
Awards: Medals will be awarded to the top three male & female finishers in the following age categories: 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & above
Packet Pick-Up: Friday, September 15th from 4-7 pm : location TBD or at event day of race from 7am-7:45am
Path to Parenthood 5K – Benefiting Kansas City Infertility Awareness Foundation. KCIA was established in 2011 to provide education and support to those struggling to build a family and their loved ones. We strive to give hope and encouragement through monthly support group meetings and social gatherings. In addition, we provide educational opportunities through our annual conference.
(5K) $35 September 13 – Race Day
Virtual Run: $35
Kids Fun Run: $10
1 Mile Awareness Walk: $25