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Annual Hike for Hyde this weekend

POSTED: April 25, 2014 12:03 a.m.
 

FORSYTH COUNTY — The family of a Forsyth County 7-year-old will continue its mission to raise funds for research of a rare condition.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sawnee Mountain Preserve, the Talbot family will again present Hike for Hyde.

Hyde Talbot was diagnosed with hemolyticuremic syndrome, more commonly known as Atypical HUS, at just 18 months old. Less than 600 people in the United States have the condition.

Before receiving a kidney from his uncle, Warren Chase, on Feb. 1, 2011, Talbot suffered a range of problems, including extremely high blood pressure and anemia.

He had to have both his kidneys removed and went through daily dialysis treatments.

The annual Hike for Hyde event offers a full day of family fun, including several kids’ games and activities. Families also can hike up Sawnee Mountain at their own paces.

Phyllis Talbot, Hyde’s mother, said the event will include “all the old favorites” such as inflatables, slides, face painting and touch-a-truck activities with the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta ambulance and fire trucks.

“New this year in kids’ activities will be a footprint station, an ‘I Spy’ game, and rock necklaces the kids can make,” she said.

In its five years, the event has raised nearly $125,000 for the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The foundation receives 80 percent of the funds raised, while Children’s receives 20 percent.

“We’re hoping to raise close to $20,000 this year,” Talbot said.

She is anticipating a turnout of about 600 people, since nearly 350 have pre-registered and many others sign up the day of.

 

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