We’ve always intended for the Brainy Day Trail Run to be the catalyst to do great things for people in our community who are living with the effects of hydrocephalus. It’s taken us 13 years to get here, but after two very successful races, we now have the adequate funds to make a real impact.

This past weekend, the Pruitt Family came to Nunica to participate in the 5k Trail Run; in this case, they chose to walk the course. Aleigha and Justin Pruitt’s youngest son 2.5-year old Justin was born with hydrocephalus, and for the past 5 months has been at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital due to complications from bacterial meningitis. Last week, he was finally released and his mom was determined to take him to Brainy Day.

Come to find out, it’s been a long road for the Pruitt Family. Friends have organized a Meal Train to try and assist the family as they traverse back and forth to Grand Rapids for follow-up therapy sessions for Junior.

Our board members, Veronica Constantine, Karla Constantine, and Kevin Curley were compelled to help as much as possible – to really put the money raised from the race into action. On Wednesday, August 21, they reached out to the family to let them know the Fund would contribute close to $2,000 in Meijer Gift Cards to help with much-needed grocery and gas costs. Our race and fund committee members are also signing up to provide meals for the family as Junior’s two older brothers get ready to go back to school.

If you know of other families in need related to hydrocephalus, please have them contact Kevin Curley, the Fund’s Secretary at info@brainydayfund.org.