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Josephine's Village was started when a very special little heart warrior was fighting for her life in UVA Medical Center's PICU. Jo touched many people's hearts and a village was formed to support her as she underwent two open heart surgeries at nine weeks old and gave all she had to fight for her life. Sadly, Josephine passed away on Christmas Day 2017 at 20-weeks old. Her parents kept Josephine's Village alive to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Defects, and eventually organized Josephine's Village 5K charity race to honor their daughter by supporting other families faced with a CHD.
Josephine's Village 5K aims to:
* Honor Josephine & all heart warriors who have passed or are fighting to live with Congenital Heart Defects
* Educate the public on CHDs, as 1 in 110 babies are born with some type of CHD and research is poorly funded
* Support babies and children with CHD by raising funds for two local nonprofits that support those with CHDs and their families: UVA Heart Family Fund & Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville
* Provide a race to the community that is Fun, Family Friendly, Safe and Provides Remembrance of Loved Ones
Josephine's Village 5K is open to all ages and is family friendly! Babies in strollers are welcome! All runners and walkers are welcome! The route has a gradual incline during the first mile, and then tapers into a relatively flat course with a short climb on Newcomb Road South towards the UVA Bookstore.
*Note: Register by July 31st to receive your t-shirt in-time for race day! If you register after July 31st, your t-shirt is not guaranteed for race day, but will be available for pick up from Ragged Mountain Running Shop during their normal stores hours between Saturday, September 1st and Saturday, September 15th.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.josephinesvillage.com.
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