Kenny Bockey, a former Thomas Edison School attendee will be honored at the Sept. 27 Kickin’ It Up 4 Down’s 5K/one-mile fun run at Hiestand Woods. Bockey passed away last fall. Registration for the event can be done at www.kickinitup4downs.wordpress.com. (Photo submitted)
Kenny Bockey, a former Thomas Edison School attendee will be honored at the Sept. 27 Kickin’ It Up 4 Down’s 5K/one-mile fun run at Hiestand Woods. Bockey passed away last fall. Registration for the event can be done at www.kickinitup4downs.wordpress.com. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — A new 5K event begins in September to bring attention to the plight of those persons with Down’s Syndrome. Kickin’ It Up 4 Down’s will be a 5K and one-mile fun run to benefit the Thomas Edison Center for the developmentally challenged.

Event organizer Diana Rennie explained, “The reason we’ve chosen Thomas Edison is because one of my brothers, Kenny Bockey passed away last November. He had Down’s syndrome and attended Thomas Edison for many years. Since his passing, we just feel we want to give back to them and thank them for all the years they helped take care of him.”

Kenny was the fourth child born to Walter and Anna Jean Bockey in Lima on Feb. 27, 1956. In 1969, Kenny became one of the original children to attend Thomas Edison.

The 5K/One-mile fun run is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. at Hiestand Woods. According to Rennie, the course will circle the reservoir. There will also be music and prizes.



“It will be a very family-oriented event with all proceeds going to the Thomas Edison Center,” she said.

Registration is $25, and registration by Sept. 13 will guarantee a t-shirt of the event. Registration can be completed at the event website: www.kickinitup4downs.wordpress.com

“It is our inaugural race. We plan to make it an annual event. We hopes it grows every year and draws further attention to persons who are developmentally disabled, especially those with Down’s Syndrome,” Rennie shared.