Inaugural Kaleb’s 5K Run coming April 8: Event to raise awareness for limb loss, limb difference

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Kaleb Phillips being fitted for his fresh set of prosthetics (Kaleb's Story/Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Get out and run for a great cause at the inaugural Kaleb’s 5K Run Saturday, April 8, at 8 a.m. at Depot Park. For those who want to participate, but don’t feel up to long distance, the 1-mile fun run portion of the event will begin at 9.  

Awards will be given, including cash prizes for the top male and female runners and medals for different age brackets, along with several door prizes. 

The run’s namesake, Kaleb Phillips, is a spirited little toddler who recently had his feet amputated due to a medical condition. According to the event page, the process of diagnosis, surgery and prosthetic fittings, albeit traumatic on the family, has motivated his mom Juliane Phillips more than ever to bring awareness and normalcy to limb loss and difference. She maintains this diagnosis and treatment don’t define him. “Through surgery, prosthesis and physical therapy, we have watched Kaleb achieve great victories,” she shared on the event’s registration page. 

According to the event page, “…We want this to be an annual event that encourages and pushes those with limb loss, limb differences, or any other physical or mental disability to feel important and cared for. While we want to use the proceeds from this event to help with Kaleb’s medical expenses; we also want to use this to bless another family or individual that share this condition. We understand this is not an easy road, and we would love to help another family see that they are not alone.” 

The deadline to register (to receive a T-shirt) is March 31. Register at https://runsignup.com/race/AL/Cullman/Kalebs5KRunwalk. For more on Kaleb Phillips’ story, check out www.facebook.com/Kalebnolimits

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