Weekend run to support brain injury victims in northwest Alabama

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FLORENCE, Ala. - It’s difficult for parents to watch their children suffer any kind of illness. But it especially runs deep when it involves a traumatic brain injury. In northwest Alabama, communities have rallied behind three families who are dealing with those type scenarios.

Almost a year ago, Rivers Starkey was injured during a shooting in Navarre Beach Florida. This past Memorial Day, Ragan Morris was injured in a wave-runner incident on Shoal Creek. And since 2014, Hamilton’s Kinley Galbreath has been recovering from Enterovirus.

Three different paths; all suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

“We hurt for them as well,” said Alison Stanfield, with Florence-Lauderdale Tourism. “We want to do something, we can’t make these children better but we can do just the simple things to kind of make their daily lives a little bit easier.”

Since May, the parents of Ragan Morris have felt the support the Shoals community has to offer.

“I sure didn’t expect the kind of outreach that we have received. I mean the community has literally been the hands and feet of Christ for our family,” stated Scott Morris, Ragan’s father.

On Sunday, Run for a Reason will take place in Florence’s Heathrow subdivision. More than a one hundred people have already signed up.

The proceeds will go to the families of Starkey, Morris and Galbreath.

“It’s just blessings that you can’t really even…. I don’t what to say, it’s blessings that are very difficult to describe,” Morris explained.

Rivers Starkey is still recovering from the shooting at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta.

Ragan Morris has been released from the hospital and returned home. Her father said there is still a long path to travel for her recovery.

After two years, Kinley Galbreath is recovering at home and has regained movement in her body. She also still has a long road to travel as well.

Organizers said you can register for the run online right now, or wait until Sunday afternoon.

Follow this link for more information on Run for a Reason.

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