The Justice McNeeley Foundation was established in 2004 to earn the $8,500 needed to buy Justice, then an engaging, witty 5-year-old who suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, a motorized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.
The fund-raiser was an overwhelming success, Justice got his Go-Bot and organizers were so happy with the results they decided to continue the foundation, adopting a motto of “Help Us Help a Child.” Since the inception of the benefit, the fund has doled out more than $35,000 to help pay the medical expenses of needy Rim Country children.
Next on the McNeeley Foundation’s list of children to help is 2-year-old Laytin Matthews of Payson. He is blind and is in dire need of a specialized walker that will teach him how to walk.
Katie Parks, Justice’s mother and an officer in the foundation, hopes to raise the money needed to purchase the walker at a Motorcycle Charity Run on June 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at The Spur in Star Valley, and poker cards will be sold for $15 per hand and $25 per couple.
The Spur will be offering drink and breakfast specials. After a morning start at The Spur, the run route travels to three other stops before ending at the Sportsman Chalet in Strawberry. At the Chalet, cash prizes will be awarded to the best and worst poker hands.
Of the run profits, 90 percent will go to the foundation to help purchase Laytin’s walker.
To register for the run or for more information, go to: http://www.justice mcneeleyfoundation.org/home.