Chad Crews wants a car of his own that he can drive. But getting him in that car won’t be easy.
The 20-year-old Austell resident has arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder that causes a shortening of the joints and muscle weakness. Because of his condition, he needs special adaptors to allow him to drive a car. His parents—Reggie, a Smyrna police officer, and Michelle, a required stay-at-home mom—estimate the cost of a specially made vehicle and training to teach Crews how to drive at somewhere between $95,000 and $125,000.
Helping to raise those needed funds will be this Saturday’s Chasing the Dream 5K Race, which is being held on the Silver Comet Trail at Homer Leggett Memorial Park in Hiram. The event is being put on by Dream Makers Youth Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational and recreational opportunities for children with cognitive disabilities throughout metro Atlanta.
Participants can register in the race for $25. The race is open to anyone who wants to hit the trail—runners, joggers, walkers, and even those bound to a wheelchair. A registration form is attached to this article.
“We are promoting fitness and health—as well as raising funds for Chad—in a motivating and exciting environment,” said Nikki Wilson, Dream Makers Youth Foundation’s founder and executive director, in a news release. “It really doesn’t matter if you are a beginning runner, an avid racer, or even in a wheelchair … this race for everyone.”
Crews and his family has been involved with DMYF since he joined the organization’s soccer team in middle school. He serves as an assistant wheelchair basketball coach at the annual DMYF Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Jam. Crews is currently a sophomore at Chattahoochee Technical College.
Learn more about Crews’ story at this link on South Cobb Patch.