MASON CITY — An event to help raise funds for treatment for 9-year-old Hayden Despenas of Mason City, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, is planned Saturday, Nov. 3, in Mason City’s Central Park.
Hayden was diagnosed in May with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare, genetic neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms include loss of muscle strength and coordination; impaired hearing, speech and vision; scoliosis; diabetes and heart disease.
5K and 10K “Hayden’s Hope Warrior Runs” will begin at 9 a.m. and will run through the streets and historical areas in Mason City.
Individual and team sprint runs will begin at 11 a.m.
Food vendors, live music, silent auction and a kids carnival are also planned.