After a decade of organizing birthday parties for Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Filer family of Harrisonville has found a new way to benefit the Kansas City hospital where Cade Filer was treated for brain cancer before he died shortly before his fourth birthday in 2003.
It’s the Tyr Run Club, a new running organization for people of all ages that will meet once a month and hold events throughout the year, including an annual 5K/10K event planned for the fall.
The club’s first monthly “meet” is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. May 20 at the Harrisonville Memorial Stadium track. Families and individuals are encouraged to run or walk the track that Sunday afternoon.
Tyr (pronounced Tier) has two meanings, the family said.
One reference is to Tyr, the mythical Nordic god of war and justice. According to the family’s news release, Tyr did the right thing when the realm of the gods was threatened, even though he knew the action would challenge him in major ways, both physically and mentally.
Tyr also stands for “teaching young runners.” In addition to promoting healthy activity and fun, the club aims to help children set goals, take action to reach the goals and secure accountability partners to help them along the way.
At the May 20 event, children can work toward joining the 1-mile, 2-mile and 5K clubs. Adults are encouraged to begin or continue training for the fall race. Volunteers will work with the children to set goals.
Participants can choose to pay for each monthly event with a minimum donation of $5 or to pay the full $75 annual membership, which covers the $35 fee for the 5K/10K.
All donations will go to Children’s Mercy Hospital, specifically the Cade Filer Endowed Fund for Child Life in Hematology/Oncology. The Child Life program helps the patients and their families maintain a modicum of normal life activity, including play, despite their medical ordeal.
Cade’s parents are Bill and Jill Filer of Harrisonville.
Contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-739-3602.