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Fundraising event to help baby needing transplant
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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BABY KELSEN, above. All of the proceeds from the event will go to Kelsen and his family.
BABY KELSEN, above. All of the proceeds from the event will go to Kelsen and his family.
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BOUNTIFUL — Enjoying a day of fun can help a local family deal with mounting medical bills.

A day full of activities, including a 5K run/walk, bake sale, yard sale, blood drive and evening concert, will be held Aug. 31 at the Bountiful City Park. The event is meant to raise funds for the family of Kelsen Wood, a baby who has already undergone cataract surgery and is currently waiting for a heart transplant.

“The medical bills are going to be pretty big, and he’ll be put on a ton of medication when he gets out of the hospital,” said Eric Lund, one of the event organizers.

The day starts with a 5K race that will begin at 9 a.m. at the park’s main bowery. The course will head north through Centerville, then circle back to the starting point. Registration is $25 each, and can be done online at kelsenjwood.org.

The yard and bake sale will be going at the same time, continuing throughout the day. All proceeds from the sales will go to Kelsen’s family, as will the race registration costs and any money donated at the event.

A Red Cross blood donation truck will be on hand from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the race registration website to make a donation appointment.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. on the park’s main stage. Fictionist, a Utah band expected to release their first major-label album this year, will be the headlining band. Other groups include Vincent Draper and the Dirty 30, Polytype and more. The concert itself is free, but donations are welcome.

“We’ll have people walking around,” said Lund. “Then we’ll Skype Kelsen’s parents at the end of the night to tell them how much we’ve earned.”

Donations can also be made at the race registration website and indiegogo.com/projects/we-heart-kelsen. At the Indiegogo website, those who donate can receive items such as wristbands and T-shirts.
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