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Running for Callie Anne: The Final Leg

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NEW ORLEANS, LA -

Bright and early on a rainy Sunday morning in New Orleans, I waded through a sea of people making their way to the starting line of the Rock N' Roll half marathon. It was the final 13.1 mile leg of a six month journey.

Nearly 20,000 runners were there with one goal: to make it to the finish line. For me I had a second purpose. I was running for Callie Anne.

In November I introduced you to a little girl and two other kids from Louisiana who had been diagnosed with Apert Syndrome. It is an extremely rare condition that affects one in every 200,000 births. Babies born with Apert Syndrome are born with fused feet and hands, mutated skulls, and several other cronic conditions. 

Surgeries can repair many of these issues and can come at a price. Callie Anne's mother, Jamie, said her daughter has underwent five surgeries since birth.  

Since my first story aired, Callie Anee has had another surgery to repair her hands and feet. She now has 10 fingers and 10 toes. She has learned to play, crawl, and grab toys. She has quickly caught up to toddlers her age.

It was pictures that I had viewed of Callie Anne with her new look that surfaced at the front of my mind around mile nine. That was win the rain and thick fog started to pick up. I was reminded of how one child's suffering lasts much longer than a two hour run. Crossing the finish line I was flooded with emotions. I had accomplished a life goal after months of hard work and I was able to educate the Ark-La-Tex and beyond about Apert Syndrome.

Even though my journey of 13.1 miles is over, Callie Anne's journey will continue every day.

If you would like to help Callie Anne, there's still time. Just click the link below.

 http://www.gofundme.com/3ploag

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