BY MELANIE BUCK –
On Saturday, September 13, the Ty Thacker 5K and Family Fun Day was held to benefit the Thacker family and was a “tremendous success” according to Event Organizer Shanea Floyd-Baker. Ty was diagnosed on July 13 of this year with Luekemia and has begun a 3-year treatment plan that includes chemotherapy and other treatments. Ty is the 7-year old son of Ron and Tonya Thacker.
The day began at 8 a.m. with a 5K run and then a 5K walk/jog event. There were several participants in both events, including Ty himself participating in the walking/jogging portion of the race.
Event-goers were able to enjoy live music, A watermelon seed spitting contest, dunking booth, bouncy houses, and more. They also had their choice of hot dog lunch plates or grilled chicken with all the fixins’. Local vendors set up booths that sold ‘Ty gear’ and an auction was held as well.
All-in-all it was a great day that again shows how supportive Polk County citizens are for each other, raising $17,000 to help with medical expenses for Ty’s treatments. Ty’s family is thankful for all who were involved in organizing, donating, and attending.
Tonya Thacker, Ty’s mother, stated, “We are humbled, thankful, and in awe of the love, support, and prayers. The best thing about Saturday was even if no money had been raised, Ty considered it one big party in his honor, and he absolutely enjoyed every second. It was wonderful. We would like to thank all the people who organized, donated, supported, ran, walked, attended. We truly appreciate it, and we had a great time.”
Standing steadfast in their faith, Tonya also said, “Ty is responding to treatment amazingly well and we credit that to prayer. We have a Facebook page called Praying for Ty for anyone who wants to keep up with his progress. Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.“