Brooke and Adam Burleson with Holland

5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run for Down Syndrome Awareness

A 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run for Down Syndrome Awareness
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 @8:00AM
Riverside Park 200 E Tappan Street Spruce Pine, NC  28777
The story behind the race written by Adam Burleson :
     5 months into our pregnancy my wife and I received a test result stating that there was a 99% chance our baby girl would be born with Down syndrome.  We were scared and uncertain, but through great support from family and friends and Gods overwhelming peace we moved forward with a new positive outlook.  There was no reason to worry because God was in control.  One of the first reads that was sent to us was a short story called "Welcome to Holland".  This story was the inspiration for our beautiful baby's name we felt so blessed that God sent her to us regardless of any test result.
    The short story WELCOME TO HOLLAND was written by Emily Perl Kingsley and describes the experience of raising a child with a disability.  She says it is like planning a trip to Italy.  You buy the books, learn the language, and get very excited.  But, when getting off the plane you realize that you have arrived in Holland.  You have dreamed of going to Italy your whole life.  But after buying new guide books, learning the new language, and meeting a whole new group of people you realize that Holland is just a different place.  It's slower paced and less flashy but after you've been there you realize that Holland has windmills, tulips and even Rembrandts.  If you spend your whole life mourning that you didn't go to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special and lovely things about Holland.
 The purpose of the "Run For Holland" is to raise awareness in our community about Down syndrome.  Specifically, to raise awareness for parents who have had or are having a child born with a physical or mental disability.  We want to show these parents that having a child with Down syndrome or any other disability is not the end of the world, it is the beginning of a wonderfully different, more fulfilling universe.
Sign up on search "Run For Holland".
Many folks locally are currently training at Riverside Park every Monday andWednesday at 5:30 p.m.  in a Couch to 5K training, including the families of Holland, even MOM!
Adam and Brooke Burleson are the parents of Holland and are putting the race together for the first year in hopes of helping others now and for years to come.

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