Third an­nual Fasd colour run held in SRFN

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - NORTH SHORE - By LESLIE KNIBBS For The Stan­dard

On Satur­day, Sept. 8, Ser­pent River First Na­tion (SRFN) held its third an­nual fe­tal al­co­hol syn­drome dis­or­der (FASD) Colour Run in Cut­ler.

Band mem­ber and com­mu­nity well­ness nurse Amanda Cook, to­gether with help from Sarah Gareau, put a great event to­gether this year in­clud­ing a catered bar­be­cue lunch of chicken breast on a bun, home­made burg­ers, salad and re­fresh­ments for those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the run.

Rick Dun­can, a DJ from Mo­bile Sound in Elliot Lake, pro­vided up­beat mu­sic be­fore and af­ter the run at the Life­styles Cen­tre.

Give­aways of SRFN FASD Colour Run tee shirts took place prior to the 11 a.m. start of the four-kilo­me­tre run. Be­gin­ning at the pow­wow grounds the course wound its way through the vil­lage then back to the Life­styles Cen­tre for lunch.

Ev­ery­one from in­fants in bug­gies to se­niors took part in the run in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with three gen­er­a­tions present. The Simp­son fam­ily in­clud­ing grand­mother Lau­rie, daugh­ter Am­ber with her two young chil­dren Caiden Com­manda and baby brother Ma’iin­gun all took part in the run.

Lau­rie was di­ag­nosed with FASD about five years ago.

“I al­ways knew there was some­thing dif­fer­ent about me, my mom told me that she drank when she was preg­nant with me.”

Simp­son is one of many in­di­vid­u­als af­fected by FASD in all walks of so­ci­ety. For Simp­son, the di­ag­no­sis “cleared a lot of thing up.”

She is reg­is­tered in the bracelet pro­gram iden­ti­fy­ing her as a vic­tim of FASD.

Ac­cord­ing to Simp­son, al­though she does not wear the FASD iden­ti­fi­ca­tion bracelet ev­ery day, “I wear it when I go out, when I go away for a week­end.”

When Simp­son was first di­ag­nosed, she “strug­gled to get help.” She ac­knowl­edges to­day the young people are get­ting help; how­ever, “they should help the older people too, it would prob­a­bly ben­e­fit the younger ones,” she said.

Well­ness nurse Amanda Cook was pleased with the turnout. The weather co­op­er­ated with a sun filled day and a cool breeze mak­ing things com­fort­able for the run­ners.

“Na­tional FASD Day is cel­e­brated yearly on Sept. 9. With FASD be­ing preva­lent in First Na­tion com­mu­ni­ties, it is im­por­tant for us to rec­og­nize the need for health pro­mo­tion and preven­tion,” Cook said.

She con­tin­ued, “al­co­hol and preg­nancy do not mix.”

Ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pat­ing in the run man­aged to fin­ish in­clud­ing el­ders and those pulling baby bug­gies. First run­ners to fin­ish were com­mu­nity health nurse Lois Bomberry and Caleb Mcleod, a young com­mu­nity mem­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants in SRFN FASD Colour Run in front of the SRFN Life­style Cen­tre af­ter Run.

Photo By LESLIE KNIBBS/FOR THE STAN­DARD

SRFN mem­bers Lau­rie Simp­son and her daugh­ter Am­ber with chil­dren Caiden and Ma’iin­gun be­fore start­ing the run.

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