The Pickerington High School Central Student Leadership Committee is planning the 10th annual iRun for Jonah 5K Walk/Run and 1-mile family walk to benefit Dylan Martin and his family Saturday, May 11.
The race will be held at Pickerington High School Central starting at 11 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. or can be completed at runsignup.com/Race/OH/Pickerington/iRunforJonah.
The iRun for Jonah event originally was put together in spring 2010 to assist the family of Jonah Hoser, then a sixth-grader at Diley Middle School, to help defray the expenses of a prolonged stay in the Cardiac ICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Hoser was born with a severe congenital heart defect that required multiple open-heart surgeries and eventually landed him on the transplant list at age 2.
A week after his fourth birthday, Jonah received a heart transplant that allowed him to become more active and live a more normal life.
Halfway through his sixth-grade year at Diley, Hoser began to experience heart troubles, and he died that spring, event organizers said.
Based on the success of the original event fundraiser in Jonah's memory, the Pickerington High School Central student leadership committee in conjunction with the Hoser family decided to continue it.
A new family will be selected each year to be the beneficiary from the iRun for Jonah fundraiser.
This year's student is Dylan Jacob Martin. Within hours of his birth, Dylan was transferred to the Nationwide's Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Dylan was diagnosed with several heart abnormalities.
He has had numerous surgeries, procedures and treatments. Proceeds from the run/walk will help his family pay medical expenses.