Valdosta Daily Times

September 15, 2013

Run helps child with brain tumor

Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Runners participated in the Third Annual Beta Alpha Psi “Honor Our Neighbor” 5K run and one-mile fun run at McKey Park.

This year’s beneficiary was Brody Shiver, a local child who was diagnosed with Anaplastic Medulloblastoma – a brain tumor that primarily affects children and requires chemotherapy and radiation in its treatment.

This event is held annually by Beta Alpha Psi to benefit families facing advanced illnesses. The net proceeds from the event all go to Brody’s family to help with the costs associated with his illness. This is the second year that the event has been held in honor of a child battling an illness. Last year’s recipient was Savannah Dallas, who has also faced pediatric cancer.

Sara Sellers spearheaded the effort and spent numerous hours making this event perfect. She, along with her fellow Beta Alpha Psi members and faculty advisor Dr. Ray Elson, set up everything necessary for the event and kept it running smoothly throughout the morning.

“We see this as a way to reach out and support the community,” say Elson. They also tallied up all the times for the participants of the 5K and gave awards based on gender, completion time and age range to multiple participants.

An outpouring from the community made this event a success. Large numbers of people who know the family, along with complete strangers, came out to support this brave young man.

Bobby Moore, 68, was one of the participants. He attends church with Brody and his mother.

“It was for a good cause and I was honored to do it,” Moore said. Laughing about his last-place finish and his police escort, he still felt proud to be able to finish the 5K in honor of Brody.

Four other members of Brody’s family participated in the event. Lorenda Smith, Brody’s aunt, drove from Pelham to provide her support. She, along with Brody’s cousins, took part in the one-mile fun run portion of the event.

Brody Shiver and his mom, Leslie Hart, were both present at the event and seemed thrilled with the turn out. Brody also didn’t mind getting to play on some of the park’s playground equipment with all of the other children attending to support him in his battle. Results of the race will be posted on in the upcoming week.