• Registration/check-in begins 8:30 a.m.
• 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk begins 9 a.m. Cost is $10
• 5K Run begins 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 before 2/14 and $30 after 2/14
Not a runner, but want to support our event, no problem – make a donation instead!
Funds raised help fight breast cancer and fund Reid Memorial Children’s Ministry. All participants are invited to enjoy a light breakfast and awards presentation following. Rain or shine — open to all ages! Please no pets, bikes, roller blades or scooters. Strollers welcome.
Olympic Day is a fun filled afternoon of relays and routines formatted like the Olympics. Please join us and cheer on the EDS athletes!
Lower school students should wear navy blue or black shorts (no blue jeans) and any type of EDS t-shirt or white t-shirt to school that day. The students will receive an Olympic Day shirt that they will wear over the shirt worn to school.
Please contact Katie Frank Andrews or Jaye Cohen with any questions.
Check out these photos from Olympic Day 2013:
Georgia’s immunization requirements for children attending 7th grade have been revised to align with the current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Acadeny of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Beginning with the 2014 – 2015 school year, 7th graders will be required to have one dose of Tdap and one dose Meningococcal conjugate vaccines prior to entering school. The health department will audit 7th grade student files this upcoming year.
Please see our Forms and Information page for all EDS Health Forms.
Rare Disease Day was launched in 2008 and has become an international awareness day for those who live with rare diseases. In the USA, a rare disease is defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. Eighty percent of rare diseases have identified genetic causes and the others are caused by either viral or bacterial infections. Fifty percent of rare diseases touch children.
The subject of rare disease is near and dear to the hearts of the EDS community. Frances Brown, daughter of Ashley and John Clark Brown and niece of Christian and Sutton Stracke, was diagnosed with Macrocephaly-capillary malformation (M-CM), a multiple malformation syndrome causing abnormal body and head overgrowth and abnormalities of the skin, vascular system, brain and limbs. Frances is a classmate and close friend to Anne Allston Weston who also lives with a rare disease. Anne Allston, sister of two EDS students, has 22q11 deletion, a genetic disorder that has the potential to affect almost every system in the body and cause a wide range of health problems. Frances and Anne Allston have had 18 and 9 surgeries, respectively, to date and both attend 4+ therapies every single week. The Brown and Weston families are certainly aware of the challenges faced with having special needs and strive to promote awareness and education of others who are unfamiliar.
Three years ago, I ran my first race under a team I created in honor of a precious little girl who was dealing with far more than a couple of hours of physical exertion to reach a finish line. The team was created to promote awareness for children like Frances who live with rare diseases or special needs. That team is known as “Friends of Frances”. I had a goal to finish a half marathon, an obstacle that is nothing compared to what Frances and Anne Allston have overcome in the past 7 years. On February 23, the Friends of Frances team will run the GRU Half Marathon / 10K. The team has become more than just runners, Friends of Frances has become a group of people that recognize children with special needs and the challenges they face with every day life.
The most rewarding result of Friends of Frances has been to see children recognizing those with rare diseases and viewing them as normal people with special needs.
St. Mary on the Hill and Lake Forest Hills Elementary will join EDS in promoting awareness for rare diseases of childhood by having a Friends of Frances day at each school. Money raised from the Friends of Frances dress down day will go towards a donation made to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia in honor of those with rare diseases.
Show your support for an under-recognized cause on February 20th by dressing down. Wear green or a Friends of Frances t-shirt! Anyone interested in purchasing a t-shirt to be worn on February 20th should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that this day will raise awareness and acceptance among differences in our children. I thank you for helping plant the seed of awareness in each little mind at EDS and fostering an understanding of what it means to be a normal person with special needs.