Walk will honor girl who had heart transplant
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:00 AM
A 5K walk is being planned in honor of Katie McBurnett, a Hanover College student who died in 2012.
McBurnett had a heart transplant in 2007, but died in 2012 from complications.
On Monday, Judy McBurnett, Katie's mother, went before the Board of Public Works and Safety to propose street closings for the inaugural event. The race is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 14.
The race route is still being determined.
Money raised from the event will be used to purchase Cough Buddy animals for children at Riley Hospital for Children who have had abdominal or open heart surgery.
The Cough Buddy is a specially designed post-operative pillow with a firm, flexible back that serves as a splint for a patient's incision.
"When Katie got her donor heart, when she got off the respirator, she came to and she asked for her bear," Judy McBurnett said. That's when they found out the children's hospital didn't offer them anymore.
"We're hoping that each walker is going to be putting another bear into these kids' arms," she said.
The board unanimously approved the request.
Also at the meeting, the board approved the closing of Vaughn Drive, between West Street and Central Avenue from noon Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday, for the Love Out Loud event.
The two-day event includes inflatable games, food booths and other attractions for the entire family. Just for Him Ministries plans to host the event at Bicentennial Park.
The event is open to the community and offers entertainment along with free clothing and household items - such as pillows and blankets - to anyone. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Ken MacPhee, who started Just for Him Ministries with his wife, Char, said Love Out Loud travels to a new location every two weeks to host similar events.
"The response has been really amazing," he said.
After Madison, he says the group will be traveling to Florida.
In other business:
A sidewalk closing was approved by the board so that Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art coordinator Georgie Kelly can have artists paint a mural on the west side of Shooter's Restaurant.
A portion of the sidewalk, between Main Street and the side entrance of Shooter's will be closed for one week between July 16 and Aug. 22. The exact time period is contingent upon the weather.