The Highlands Foundation hosted the Third Annual Changing Lives 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 2nd, benefiting the Highlands Center for Autism. The run/walk began at the Highlands Medical Office building on Broadway in Paintsville, KY.
Approximately 250 people registered for the event, and over $15,000 was raised for the Highlands Center for Autism. One hundred percent of the proceeds went toward scholarship funds for current and future children to receive treatment at the Center.
The event began with a Kids’ Fun Run, with approximately 10 children participating. This year’s winner was Ms. Hannah Ousley, daughter of Jack and Jonni Ousley. Second place went to Aaron Lawson, son of Shane and Kelly Lawson, and third place was awarded to Ms. Camryn Helton, daughter of Brian and Jamie Helton. All participating children received a goodie bag, with the winners receiving trophies.
The men’s category received strong competition from Blake Burchell, who won first place in the 2010 Changing Lives 5K. Mr. Burchell repeated his win again in this year’s race, coming in first place with a time of 17 minutes, 56 second. Second place went to Randy Caudill, with a time of 20 minutes, 00 seconds. Coming in a close third was Randall Watts, with a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds.
The women’s category also received strong competition, with all three winners crossing the finish line within seconds of each other. First place went to Susan Miller, with a time of 24 minutes, 21 seconds. Second place went to Susan Crum, with a time of 24 minutes, 24 seconds, and third place was awarded to Kelly Lawson with a time of 24 minutes, 45 seconds.
The Highlands Center for Autism provides a highly structured treatment program dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is the only program of its kind in the state of Kentucky. The Center operates as a year round day treatment center and accepts students from earliest diagnosis through school age. The program has a low student to staff ratio (virtually 1:1) and each child’s program is tailored to their needs.
To learn more about the Highlands Center for Autism, visit the website at www.highlandsautism.org.