The fifth annual Team Julia’s Wings will participate in the Kent Pumpkin Run in Kent Oct. 29.

Julia’s Wings Foundation was founded by the Malsin Family after they lost their daughter Julia, and big sister to Alyssa, after a year-long battle against Aplastic Anemia, which is a rare bone marrow failure disease. Julia was 13 years old.

“We are so happy to have Team Julia’s Wings continue to participate in the Kent Pumpkin Run,” said Mike Malsin. “It is such a great way to reach out to the community and continue our Foundation’s work.”

The team hopes to raise $30,000 this year.

JWF is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to families of children with life threatening hematological diseases and to medical professionals for healthcare research.

The foundation provides financial support to these families to cover costs of travel, lodging, and other living expenses for qualified participants.

In addition, JWF seeks to promote the advancement of research for Aplastic Anemia through contributions to organizations and individuals dedicated to this endeavor.

“This event is important to us for many reasons,” said Heather Malsin. “Julia was hospitalized for over a year, spending as much as six to eight weeks at a time in the hospital.”

“While battling her illness, what upset her more than the pain and physical limitations she was experiencing, was seeing other young children, fighting for their lives, without a parent or family member by their side at all times,” she said.

“The support from our friends and community made it possible for one of us to be with Julia,” she said.

Heather said JWF was founded to provide such assistance to families of children with life threatening hematological diseases and to medical professionals for healthcare research.

To join Team Julia’s Wings or read more about the foundation and its history visit www.juliaswings.org.

“This is our way to repay the generosity of others as we will be eternally grateful for the support that we received,” Heather said.

For more information on the Kent Pumpkin Run, which is a USATF certified course, visit the Kent Pumpkin Run’s website.