HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Thirteen–year–old Madeline Hill, of Walter, continued her efforts Saturday to raise awareness and money to combat Lyme disease by hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at Hanceville’s Veterans Memorial Park. Close to 50 participants joined Hill as they did their part to help “Take a bite out of Lyme.”
Hill contracted Lyme in 2012; however, she would not receive the correct diagnosis until June 2018. Since then, Hill has created her own organization, MadeLyme, dedicated to helping others diagnosed with the debilitating disease. The money she raises helps Lyme Warrior, a national organization assisting with treatment costs and other resources.
Saturday’s 5K run attracted many young runners who, through knowing Madeline, decided they wanted to help. Each participant received a Lyme Warrior medal and other goodies.
Madeline was able to raise over $2,000 at this year’s event. She said, “So far, it has been the biggest earning race for Lyme Warrior.”
Madeline’s mother Becca thanked those who helped Madeline organize the event and the many sponsors. Mayor Kenneth Nail and Hanceville council member Patty Dean also came out to show their support. The Hanceville Police Department also gave their support by controlling traffic for the roads around the race course.
Congratulations were also in order to Brian Landreth, Andrew Landreth, Joshua Riggs, Caroline Lamoureux, Molly Wilson and Tate Duke for being the Top 6 finishers.
Sponsors included: Alabama Precious Metals, Molly Luba Photography, Baggett and Wilson, LLC, Walmart Supply Chain Distribution Center #6006, Stewart Farms, Blue Spring Water, Trinkets and Traditions, Premier Bank of the South, Amcoil, Sawyer and the City of Hanceville.
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