Carmel runners working to help mother of autistic child

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A running group is hoping to raise money so that Sally Kennedy and her son Keegan can run together using a special stroller during the Carmel Marathon. (Submitted photos)

A running group is hoping to raise money so that Sally Kennedy and her son Keegan can run together using a special stroller during the Carmel Marathon. (Submitted photos)

By Debra Sigel

With the Carmel Marathon just weeks away, a group of running buddies has decided to use the race as a means to help their friend Sally Kennedy and her child, Keegan.

Keegan, also known as “Kegs,” was diagnosed autism when he was two years old, said family friend Mark Luckie.

There were communication challenges with Keegan because most of his life has been nonverbal. She has found alternative ways to handle this disease through footwork and research with her own family, Luckie said.

“Sally’s a woman who is full of life and courage,” he said. “If you were to meet her personally or on a professional level, you would never imagine the incredible hurdles and boundless courage she faces.”

So to help her and her son out, Luckie came up with the idea for a fundraiser called “Kegs in Motion.”

The goal is to raise $2,000 to help Kennedy purchase a running stroller so that running can be a family activity for her.

“We wanted to make sure Kennedy had something for herself. And, as a result a bunch of runners, joggers, and walkers were all invited to raise money for Keegan,” Luckie said.

“I just want to be able to take him wherever I go,” Kennedy said. “He can still have the diagnosis of autism and be a part of the world.”

The Carmel Marathon is at 7:30 a.m. April 12, and the starting line is at the Palladium in Carmel. To learn more about how to contribute visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.kegsinmotion.com” www.kegsinmotion.com.

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