Charlie’s House 5K Run/Walk to Raise Awareness and Funds During Baby Safety Month

Sunday, September 29th – CommunityAmerica Ballpark – Kansas City, KS

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 4, 2013) – Everyone knows that in the game of baseball players are safe at home. Charlie’s House, wants all parents and caregivers to know how to keep children safe at home. On Sunday, September 29 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kans., the local non-profit will mark a milestone in raising awareness and funds with its inaugural fundraising event, Charlie’s House 5K Home Run for Safety.

“It has been almost six years since our two-year-old son Charlie was killed in our home when a dresser he was trying to climb fell on top of him,” Brett Horn, Charlie Horn’s dad, said. “That dresser was only 30 inches high, probably no more tall than your kitchen table. His mom and I had no idea that a tragedy like that could happen in our own home. That is why we have been working diligently with a dedicated team of volunteers since that time to educate parents about how something as simple as a $2 furniture strap can keep their children safe at home. We hope that this event, appropriately held during national Baby safety Month, will bring us closer to that goal.”

Safety educators from Charlie’s House will be on site to provide free furniture safety-straps and checklists on how to safety proof your home. The family-friendly event will feature both a 5K run around Village West and a Kids’ Fun Run which will take place inside the ballpark. A family-fun Kids’ Zone will offer face painting, a crazy hair booth, and appearances by some of your favorite super-heroes. The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department will be on site with a pumper display and Children’s Mercy Hospital will have an ambulance on display and will also land a helicopter from its award-winning Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport Fleet on the field prior to the start of the Kids’ Fun Run.

Charlie’s House 5K Home Run for Safety At-A-Glance Sunday, September 29, 2013 CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas 1800 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111 7:00 am – On-site Registration and Packet Pick-Up (Advance pickup also available.) 8:00 am - 5K Start 9:15 am - Kids’ Fun Run Start

Advance registration for the 5K is $30 and $10 for the Kids’ Run. Registration for the 5K is $35 on day of the race. For more details and to register, please visit www.CharliesHouse.org or call (913) 375-7123. Follow Charlie’s House on Facebook and Twitter @CharliesHouseKC.

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Charlie’s House Safety Quick Fact Falls are the leading cause of child injury-related emergency department visits, accounting for more than 2.8 million in 2009 and about 150 child deaths per year. Most fall-related injuries occur at home.17 Children commonly fall from many locations, including windows and structures, playground equipment, and bunk beds. (Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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