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Family event raises $26K for research
Annual hike draws crowd to Sawnee
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Visitors browse the raffle section during the Hike 4 Hyde fundraiser at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. - photo by Autumn McBride

More than 600 people turned out Saturday for an annual event that bears the name of a Forsyth County 4-year-old.

The third annual Hike 4 Hyde at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve raised more than $26,000 for charity in honor of Hyde Talbot and another young boy in Georgia with atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome, known as Atypical HUS.

The disease is an extremely rare genetic mutation that affects Factor H, which helps control the immune system.

It’s estimated only about 300 to 600 people in the United States have the condition.

Of the money collected, 80 percent will go to Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS and the remainder to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Phyllis Talbot, Hyde’s mother, said the total, though still being counted, likely won’t top last year’s. Attendance, however, was higher.

Ruth Talbot, Hyde’s grandmother, has flown down from the Northeast to attend the hike each year.

“To see a community supporting him like this is wonderful,” she said of the crowd.

Brooke Thompson said she came to show support for the Talbots, who attend the same church as her family.

Climbing down from the Indian Seats Trail on the mountain, Thompson got her event T-shirt stamped with the coveted words “I made it to the top.”

Aside from hiking, the event offered plenty of other activities, including a bounce house, face painting, crafts, a nature scavenger hunt and Hyde Talbot’s favorite — cotton candy.

The boy had plenty of energy between the sweet treat and his hours in the bounce house.

Phyllis Talbot said her son has been “doing well” since he underwent a kidney transplant and began a new experimental drug therapy in February.

The family plans to hold the event again next year, she said, to continue raising money for Atypical HUS research.