The prize at the end of the May 3rd finish line at the Diaper Dash 5K at Gladden Farms Park in Marana will be diapers, lots of diapers for thousands for Southern Arizonans in need.
The benefit run for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona is the brainchild of Devan Ashcraft, (15), who wanted to do something different for his Eagle Scout project. Devan and his parents took his idea to the Boy Scouts of America and the Town of Marana and got approval to put together the town’s first Diaper Dash: Run, Walk, Crawl.
He became aware of how expensive diapers were after his little brother was born and started to wonder how low-income families were able to obtain the diapers and baby supplies they needed for their infants. As he pondered what he could do for his Eagle Scout project these struggling families returned to his mind.
Having participated in benefit runs for the Marana Food Bank, this varsity cross country and track runner, decided that a 5K Diaper Dash would be the answer. With the help of fellow scouts and leaders from Troop 223 and members of his community and church, the Marana High School freshmen said he hopes this will be a huge success and become an annual event.
“Jesus taught to clothe the naked, and basically this run will help us do just that. I am hoping that enough people will bring diapers to help meet the huge need in Southern Arizona,” said Devan Ashcraft, a teacher from the Tucson West Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He noted that even if people didn’t want to participate in the Dash, he hopes they will still bring diapers.
Registration for the Diaper Dash 5K is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3 and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Gladden Farms Community Park, 12250 North Tangerine Road, Marana. Cost of registration is one or more unopened packages of diapers, particularly in sizes 4, 5, 6, 3T, 4T and adult incontinence pull-up and briefs. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/756869147671218/
Diaper need is a very real social ill that causes physical and emotional problems, including shame and guilt for parents and severe diaper rash and urinary tract infections for babies left in diapers too long. Presently 1 in 3 American mothers report not having an adequate supply of diapers, 48 percent of families report leaving babies in soiled diapers for extended periods of time and 33 percent report reusing soiled diapers. The average cost per child per month is $100 for an adequate supply of diapers. Families report often choosing between buying food and buying diapers.
The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona distributed almost 650,000 diapers and incontinence supplies through its 50 plus partner agencies last year, however, the need is closer to 1.5 million annually throughout Southern Arizona. To find out more about the Diaper Bank and where to drop off diapers all year long, visit www.diaperbank.org.
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