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Adriana, Che, Adam and Elyse will be running a half marathon on October 9th to raise money for our friend Jax's medical expenses.

On June 9, 2009, the Rivera-Mayorga's welcomed baby Jax into their family. Beginning on the day of his birth, Jax and his family set out on a long road that has been filled with many challenges, but also with inspiration, determination and an endless amount of love.

Jax's parents, Jessica and Hector, have dedicated the past 15 months to making sure that he has the best medical care possible. After countless visits to multiple specialists from New Haven to Boston, with blood work and consults sent to medical experts throughout the country, no one has yet been able to determine the cause of Jax's severe motor and developmental delays, hearing loss and vision impairment. That being said, with the help of a team of fantastic therapists and specialists and a rigorous schedule, Jax is slowly improving every day. His growing personality is evident when he looks at you with his beautiful smile and contagious laugh.

Jax has an average of 15 appointments per week that result in an average out-of-pocket cost of about $3000 per month. In the coming weeks, Jax will be receiving thousands of dollars in adaptive equipment to assist in his continued development. While insurance covers many of Jax’s medical expenses, it only extends so far. Jax’s progress thus far is largely the result of his parents’ commitment to go the extra mile to get their son the care he needs.

Despite the challenges of the past several months, Jessica and Hector wake up each day with a renewed sense of commitment to Jax. Their dedication has inspired a group of their friends to come together to achieve a goal that also requires some hard work and perseverance—a half-marathon.

On October 9, 2010, some of Jax’s friends will be running 13.1 miles to show our support for a family that inspires us daily. While our efforts pale in comparison to that of the Rivera-Mayorga family, it is our hope that our run will demonstrate to you, our friends, just how important this cause is to each of us.

Your support, even if it’s just a pledge of one dollar per mile, would be truly valued and appreciated by our team as we gear up for the half-marathon and as Jax’s family continues to face each challenge with hope and strength.

-Team Happy Apples
Adriana Arreola
Che Dawson
Adam Joseph
Elyse Lyons
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