He may be just 6 years old, but Hyde Talbot has made a huge impact on research into a rare disorder.
Diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic syndrome, more commonly known as Atypical HUS, at 18 months, Talbot and his family began an annual fundraiser five years ago to raise money for the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
That fundraiser, called Hike 4 Hyde, was held again Saturday at Sawnee Mountain Preserve.
Phyllis Talbot, Hyde’s mother, said the event raised more than $20,500, bringing the total to nearly $135,000 over the course of its five-year history.
“We pre-registered about 530 people and then there are always more who come out, so we’ll be at about probably 550 to 600 people,” she said, adding that Saturday’s weather was perfect.
“Usually it’s scarier because in the morning it’ll be threatening to rain, but this year it was pretty all day. It was raining when we were setting up last year and then it stopped, but not today.”
Besides a “come and go” hike up Sawnee Mountain, the event offered plenty of kid-friendly fun, such as inflatables, a treasure hunt and arts and crafts.
There also were visits from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta mascots Will and Grace, the facility’s pediatric ambulance and a Forsyth County Fire Department truck.
Michelle Brathwaite said her 3-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, seemed to most enjoy Sawnee Mountain Preserve’s sandbox.
“So far, so good,” she said. “I think she could spend all day here in the sandbox and in the jumpy house.”
Benita Sharp said her son, 8-year-old Jayson, enjoyed getting his face painted and making a tie-dye T-shirt.
“But I think the bouncy houses have been the biggest hit so far,” she said.
The event’s namesake, Hyde Talbot, spent much of the day hanging out with friends from Kelly Mill Elementary School, where he’s a kindergartener.
Thanks to a kidney transplant from his uncle two years ago and a unique drug therapy, Talbot is doing very well.
Prior to the transplant, he had to endure daily dialysis treatments due to having had both of his kidneys removed, and suffered symptoms such as extremely high blood pressure and anemia.
But you would never know any of that as he ran around Saturday with friends, his face painted like Spider Man.