Color the Town for Austin a success

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Photo/ Submitted Color the Town for Austin was a great success as many residents came out to help raise money for the Deckard family and participate in a 5K Color Run.

This past weekend residents enjoyed beautiful spring time weather to take part in Color the Town for Austin. Saturday, March 18, 164 participants helped raise money for the family of Austin Deckard.

Austin is the 11-year-old son of Alton natives, Cassie and Todd Deckard. He has been diagnosed with an incurable condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension. This disease only affects less than one hundredth percent of Americans. Austin was misdiagnosed with asthma months before his diagnosis. Austin has endured critical care and will receive continuing medical care and treatment for his condition. He will have to receive intravenous medication for the rest of his life.

A silent auction was also held to help raise money to assist the Deckard family with medical expenses. Some of the items auctioned off were: an Alton Comet quilt, one month of tanning, six-month gym membership, two month of gym classes, one case of bar oil, six pack of two-gallon gas mix, honey, kitchen basket, front end alignment, 50 pounds Caliber dog food, gift card, baked goods, Stephen Curry jersey, four hours of skid steer work and a military tribute lever action .22.

Between the silent auction and money raised through the purchase of shirts and donations, the event raised $6,000.

"It went better than I expected...Everyone had a great time and it was perfect weather," said Kyle Willard, owner of Fortified Fitness, sponsor of the event.

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