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A special race to aid those with disabilities in the country of Nicaragua is scheduled for this weekend.
The David Fellers Healing Art Foundation will host a 3-mile, 6-mile and wheelchair roll in Los Alamos Saturday. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for the foundation, which was founded in 2008 by the surviving family of David Fellers.
The race begins at the west end of Canyon Rim Trail just off N.M. 502. Following the races, an auction and picnic is scheduled at De Colores restaurant.
While registrations have been very light so far, coordinator Sally Fellers is hopeful the community will come out and support the foundation’s efforts.
“It would be great if it’s successful,” Fellers said. “We’d like it to be an annual event.”
The David Fellers Healing Art Foundation is named after the son of Jack and Sally Fellers. He was born in 1978 with severe respiratory problems and was limited to a bed or wheelchair for most of his life, along with being completely deaf.
When he was born, Fellers’ life expectancy was 15 years. He was able to make it to age 30, however, thanks in large part to the love and support of Jack and Sally and other family members.
The fact that he was born in Los Alamos and the United States, according to his family, was also a big reason he was able to live twice as long as he was expected to — access to modern medical facilities and equipment were big factors.
Fellers died in 2008, but left a deeply motivated family to carry on to help others with disabilities who were not as fortunate to have access to medical equipment and other needs.
One of his seven siblings, Hannah, was in her residency to become a doctor when David died. She was inspired to act in his memory and recalled her travels to Nicaragua prior to her entrance into medical school.
Hannah, who was moved by the extreme poverty and lack of basic medical equipment there, helped create the Healing Art Foundation.
The mission of the David Fellers Healing Art Foundation is to work toward equipping the world’s disabled and poor. Since 2008, the foundation has helped over 250 people with disabilities in Nicaragua.
In the past five years, those in Nicaragua have been aided with wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, nutritional support and educational support. Funds raised this year will help those in the town of Puerto Cabezas.
Price for participation in the event is $25 for the race, auction and the hot dog picnic. The price is $10 for those under 18 and separate tickets for the picnic and auction may also be purchased.
Race entries will be accepted until just before race time Saturday. Those interested in more information can contact Sally Fellers at sallyfellers (at) gmail.com.
“We’ve collected a lot of great auction items,” she said. “The picnic is all set for De Colores. We could probably still use a couple of volunteers to hand out water and a couple of orange slicers.”
One of the main prizes that will be awarded following the race is a 7-night luxury condo stay in Hawaii.
Raffle entries are being sold separately from the auction at kraemercondo.com on the Internet.