Runners and walkers alike came out to support the Compassion Dash 2014 at Haughton Baptist Church.
Compassion Dash 2014 recently held their event on April 5 at First Baptist Church in Haughton. According to Shana Houston, event coordinator, it was created as a way to reach the Haughton community to show Christ’s love, have an athletic event and raise money for a group or family. The event included a 5K and half-mile fun run.
The morning started out crisp and cool with a clear sky. Runners, joggers, baby strollers, school spirit teams and families lined up for prayer and to hear the mission of the benefitting charity. Most everyone had a number on their chest and a smile on their face. The first order of business was the half-mile fun run at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30. There were 250 registered people who raised more than $10,000.
The event benefits a local non-profit ministry created to locate, love and help women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking. According to the local non-profit’s website, “Their desire is to love women the way Jesus would, teaching them that they are enough, showing them that they have been created by God for a beautiful purpose and walking them to a healthy life both physically and spiritually.”
In 2013, Compassion Dash focused on Anna Grace, the daughter of Eastwood Baptist Youth Minister Brad Watson and his wife, Leigh Ann. “Anna Grace was diagnosed with Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency, which is an extremely rare disorder,” Shana Houston said.
Leigh Ann Watson added, “Compassion Dash painted a beautiful picture of the body of Christ coming together to support, encourage and love one another. The love that Compassion Dash lavished on our family is indescribable. The money raised is used as needs arise for Anna Grace due to the progression of her disease. They also helped raise awareness for MSD and it’s my hope for research to begin in the United States.
“Anna Grace is full of love and laughter. She is very happy and loves people. Although Anna Grace’s cognitive condition and vision are worsening, we are so thankful for the happiness that God has given her.”
In 2011, people from all over showed up to support Bryan Jaeger, a Haughton resident who was paralyzed in an accident while in his sophomore year in college at Louisiana State University in Eunice in 2006.
Bryan and his family were in desperate need of a van with a ramp for his wheelchair. “My mom was really getting a workout every time she had to lift me in the Jeep to go places,” Bryan said. “In addition to help from Louisiana Rehab, the event raised enough funds to pay off the van and do a small remodel in my home.”
Bryan was pursuing a baseball career while in college. He had been scouted by the Colorado Rockies prior to his accident. “I have been through many struggles in the past few years and it tested my faith. I had doubts and lost my way but, with my sister’s help, I found my way back to God,” Bryan said. “I am now finishing an online degree with DeVry Institute. I also met my girlfriend while I was in the hospital last year.”
For more information, Compassion Dash is on Facebook and at www.fbchaughton.org/compassion-dash. Shana Houston can be reached at (318) 390-2311.
By Caroline King