Runners take off from the start line during the Oct. 26 Day in the Country 5K race.
Frigid temperatures didn't stop more than 75 people from racing to raise funds for special needs children Saturday morning.
The first-ever Day in the Country 5K race was held at Twitty's Mud Bog between Ulmer and Sycamore in memory of three-year-old Zeta Brabham. She died earlier this year after battling health problems since birth.
Allen Swafford was the overall male winner while Cayton Collins was the fastest female. Winners were also announced in various age categories.
More important than any award was continuing the message of hope that began with Zeta. Though she's gone, her family and the entire Team Zeta movement are dedicated to helping special needs children and their families.
"We've been very blessed and we want to be a blessing to them," said Angel Brabham, Zeta's mother. She said they want to be there for others like so many have been there for them.
They plan to give the more than $2,500 raised from the event to two families with special needs children. It will help them with the mounting costs families can incur while taking care of children with special needs, including hospital bills and travel expenses. "It all adds up," she said.
They also made a monetary donation to Andrew Jackson Academy for having the most representation at the race. While the school doesn't have a special needs department, the money will help a student who is going through surgery.
Brabham thanks everyone who came out Saturday and made it a success.
Donations are always accepted to help more families in need. They can be mailed to Team Zeta at P.O. Box 36, Ulmer, S.C. 29849.
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