Friends and neighbors are planning a benefit in support of a Quaker Valley student diagnosed with a rare condition.
The Race for Wade 5K Run and Walk will be held in Economy Park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in honor of Wade Mancuso, a 7th grade student at Quaker Valley Middle School.
Wade of Leet Township was diagnosed at birth with components of Klippel-Trnaunay Syndrom (KTS), a rare disorder that causes vein malformations and abnormal overgrowth of the bone and soft tissue.
There is no current cure for KTS, which requires different interventional techniques that no single specialist can manage and surgical procedures.
According to race organizers, Wade's treatment involves members of an experienced interdisciplinary vascular anomalies team at Children's Hospital of UPMC Pittsburgh, Boston Children's Hospital, and more recently, Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL.
Money collected from the event will be used toward procedures not covered by insurance and to help the Mancuso family with traveling expenses to various hospitals. Wade's brother Zach is in his senior year at Quaker Valley High School and Parkway West Career & Technology Center. Wade also has an older sister Jullian. His parents are Debbie Simoni Mancuso and Ernie Mancuso.
To make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor, contact race organizer Libbie Kucel at firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate refreshments for the day of the race or items for the silent auction contact Candy Mendicino at email@example.com