(Anita) CAM Principal Dominic Geigerich describes the support shown by the community when it comes to his running for a cause in the Boston Marathon as "Amazing." He'll run in the Boston Marathon in April as a charity runner.
Geigerich found out about the opportunity to participate in the Boston Marathon following last year's event. He says it didn't take long to find a good cause.
"You think about maybe running for the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association, but really that wasn't a reason for me to do the work and make that connection. But, friends of ours here in Anita, Heather and Nick Kauffman's daughter Kate has Rett Syndrome. And Rett Syndrome is a very common disease that not a lot of people know about."
Geigerich says upon more investigating he found the Rett Syndrome Association of Massachussetts had 25 charity bids to apply for. A $5,000 donation is required to participate. Geigerich set his initial goal at $7,000.
"The thing about Rett Syndrome is that it's been proven that the symptoms can be reversed. They've located the gene, they've found drugs, and they are doing trials with different medications that are already FDA approved that have significant impact...and show a reduction in these symptoms."
CAM hosted a Purple Out at their basketball doubleheader against Boyer Valley Friday night and sold over 400 T-Shirts. Donations exceeded expectations and money raised has already topped $9,000. They've set a new goal of $10,000.
"It's amazing, small town Iowa...The reason why we picked Boyer Valley is their colors are purple and one of the parents came up and we were having discussions about it, they were very, very supportive. Some of their team members bought shirts. This is why you live in a small town. The amount of support, the monetery and just the emotional side of it, it's just really neat to see."
For more information or to find out how to contribute to the cause you can check
out their facebook page by typing in, "Team Kate - From CAM to the Boston Marathon 2014."