BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — One 22-year-old man took matters into his own hands on Saturday to raise money for a family friend diagnoses with a rare COVID-19 complication.
Claire Kerr is a 15-year-old at Normal Community High School. She spent 13 days in the hospital and five on a ventilator due to COVID-19.
While there, she developed a rare and serious complication from COVID-19 called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C.
The condition inflames different parts of the body including, the heart, lungs, kidney and the brain.
Family friend, Noah Young, said after hearing about Claire’s situation, he and a few others decided to fundraise by running four miles every two hours for 24 hours.
They ran at Octavia Park where friends and family came out to support.
“We’re not even halfway by we got quite a bit to go. And they looked at me and they’re like yeah, we’re in this for the long haul and I was like, Yep, and I said it’s for a good cause,” said Young.
Although Young didn’t run the whole time, he said he was happy to spread awareness about MIS-C.
Claire’s mother, Rachel Geiser said the diagnosis was terrifying because no one knew if Claire would be okay.
“People aren’t sure what the long term effects of it are. It’s been just a very long road and, and just scary because of the lack of knowledge since COVID really in the whole scheme of things as a new thing,” said Geiser.
There is not a known cure for MIS-C. Claire is home, but still suffering from cardiac issues.
Geiser said Claire will be donating all the money raised to research for MIS-C.
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