‘Walk a Mile with LaToyia’ set for August 4
HUNTINGTON — Nearly eight years ago, LaToyia Holmes’ life changed forever when what began as a simple headache soon proved to be far more serious. A rare dual-bleed brain aneurysm soon left the otherwise healthy 30-year-old Huntington woman a quadriplegic and without the ability to functionally communicate.
Every summer since 2011, her family, friends and neighbors have come together in her honor for the annual “Walk a Mile with LaToyia” fundraiser. Proceeds benefit her daily living expenses, as well as assisting in financial expenses to help raise her two teenage children.
The eighth annual “Walk a Mile with LaToyia” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, at the A.D. Lewis Community Center in Huntington’s Fairfield neighborhood. The walk generally raises around $1,500 toward funding for Holmes’ food, bedding equipment, bedridden toiletries, and her wheelchair. Once these items are furnished, leftover proceeds are donated to her two children.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the walk, with the event set to begin at 11 a.m. To “Walk a Mile with Latoyia,” participants are asked to pay a $25 registration fee. Every participant will receive an official benefit T-shirt. Raffle tickets and sandwiches will be available to purchase at the event. Proceeds from these items are also designated to help the family.
For more information, contact LaKisha Sheffield, Holmes’ sister, at 304-654-6931 or by email at WalkaMilewithLaToyia2011@yahoo.com.