LAGRANGE — In September, family and friends of Kyle Delligatti will be showing their support by taking part in the first Color Run for Kyle.
A Color Run embodies emotions a participate may have — determination, optimism, will power — all of which Kyle demonstrates every day, said his mom, Wendy Murray. Kyle was injured in an automobile accident Feb. 5.
Since the accident, Kyle has spent time recovering at Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center and Keystone Pointe Health and Rehabilitation in LaGrange.
“The goal is to get him across the finish line,” Murray said. “He will be there.”
The 5K run is set for Sept. 21 at LaGrange Community Park, pending approval from the LaGrange Park Board to use the property.
Ashley Hartman, a friend of Kyle’s, is spearheading the event along with several other current and former Keystone students.
“We are planning this event to raise funds for Kyle and his family to alleviate the financial burden that took the family by surprise after his accident,” Hartman said.
The Color Run will allow everyone who wants to participate the opportunity to do so by either walking, running or dancing their way to the finish line.
“We chose to do a color run as our event to provide a fun and unique fundraiser that will attract people of all ages,” Hartman said.
Hartman said she is expecting nearly 500 participants.
Murray said she has informed Kyle of the Color Run in his honor.
“He knows they are doing this for him and gave them the ‘thumbs up’ sign,” she said.
Hartman has been friends with Kyle for many years.
“Kyle has always been an outgoing, friendly, well-rounded young man,” Hartman said. “Kyle acted as a leader in many different positions, he made a difference in our community and now it is our turn to give back to him.”
Before the accident, Kyle was involved in Model UN, Youth 4 Youth, student council and a National Honor Society inductee. He also was class president.
“Kyle wants to come back so bad and knowing the community is pulling together it’s getting us there every day. And the friends and teachers, they come and come (to visit) every day and they easily could have forgotten about him, but they spend hours with him,” Murray said. “He’s doing well because of his friends and community, and Metro and Keystone Pointe. Kyle will beat this.”
To follow’s Kyle’s progress; visit his Facebook page, “Caring for Kyle — May the Force Be With You.”
For more information on the color run, or to register, visit “Color for Kyle” on Facebook.