By JUDY SHERIDAN
Heart transplant recipient and Aledo teen Dylan Hancock, the beneficiary of this year’s annual Thanksgiving Trot on Thanksgiving Day, might actually run in the event himself, according to friend and school mentor Rob Helms.
“He’s really excited about being back in Aledo,” Helms said. “He’s been to a football game, seen his friends, been up and about. He thinks he has the stamina to run the 1-mile and start the 5K. Of course that’s contingent on if he’s feeling well that day.”
Helms said the Hancocks — Dylan, his mother, Mondee, and his little sister, Elizabeth — returned from Houston about two weeks ago, three months after the Aug. 4 transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dylan will soon begin homebound school in the Aledo ISD, Helms said, with the goal of returning to regular school in January.
The pad site will be done this week for the “Hancock House of Hope,” Helms said, and workers should begin setting forms for the foundation.
The new house — being constructed with donations of money, materials and labor — will have features that lower Dylan’s risk of future illness.
The project is drawing support from many different groups in the community, with Thanskgiving Trot organizers joining the efforts of Hearts of Hope for Dylan, the Aledo Children’s Advocats and the Business Development Group of Aledo.
So far, supporters have raised $16,000 toward a stated $50,000 goal, Helms said, with the cost of the new house estimated at about $110,000.
The race begins at 505 South Point Court in Aledo, with the 1 mile beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m.
Registration fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children through Thursday, Nov. 21; $30 for adults and $20 for children beginning Nov. 22.
Packets may be picked up on race day. The registration table opens at 7:30 a.m.
Registration forms — one per participant — are available at aledothanksgivingtrot.com, along with maps of each route. Completed forms and checks — payable to Thanksgiving Trot — may be mailed to Thanksgiving Trot, P.O. Box 1333, Aledo, TX, 76008 or given to Roxanne Shibley in the front office of Stuard Elementary.
There are three levels of corporate sponsorship: gold for $1,000; silver for $500 and bronze for $250, entitling businesses to differing levels of recognition on T-shirts, in race advertisements, and on race day banners, as well in the number of race entries. For more information, go to aledothanksgivingtrot.com.
The Thanksgiving Trot, the result of a conversation between Rhonda Torres and her son, drew more participants and raised more money last year than it did in its fledgling year of 2011.
The first year the race drew more than 350 participants and raised $14,000 for Marcia Walters, who received a lung transplant.
In 2012 the Trot had more than 830 participants and raised $38,000 for Aiden Maloy, a 3-year-old diagnosed with kidney cancer.