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The Matty Fund to hold annual 5K run/walk for epilepsy
WARWICK, R.I.—The Matty Fund will host its 14th Annual Matty’s Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Epilepsy and Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 28, at Quonset Point in North Kingstown. Matty’s Mighty Dash (short races for the kids) will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk will commence at 11:00 a.m. Post-race festivities will be held at Fat Belly’s Pub, 615 Callahan Road in North Kingstown.
There will be a cash prize for the first place male and female finishers, free Dri-Fit Shirts to the first 300 5K registrants, and family fun in the Kids Zone with arts and crafts and carnival games. Those interested in joining the nearly 300 participants who have already registered may go to www.mattyfund5k.com.
According to Kate Spinella, Executive Director of The Matty Fund, this 5K is truly an event for everybody. "We have designed a road race for the athletes among us while also offering activities designed for the whole family," Spinella said. "As we promote awareness for those coping with epilepsy, we also celebrate the families and caregivers who tirelessly support their loved ones. All of us come together to show epilepsy that we cannot be stopped."
This event is held in memory of Matthew Siravo, a beautiful boy with a big smile and boundless energy who passed away on Mother’s Day in 2003 following a prolonged seizure at the age of five. Funds raised will benefit The Matty Fund for Epilepsy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Matty’s parents Richard and Debra Siravo, which is dedicated to providing resources, promoting patient safety, and improving the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy.
This annual 5K also helps bring awareness to a condition that affects more than 2.8 million individuals nationwide, including nearly 10,000 in Rhode Island. Though widely misunderstood in terms of prevalence, epilepsy is the most common neurologic condition in childhood, and 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.