Grant's Cause for Spina Bifida

5K Saturday July 29th 8:00 a.m. Unity Village Campus

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Meet Grant. He is happy, fun-loving, mischevious, silly and strong!

Please follow Grant’s story every day on Facebook at :

Grant lives with Spina Bifida.  The type he has is Myelomeningocele and it affects the L3 area of his spine.    Spina bifida (Latin: “split spine”) is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. Some vertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain unfused and open. Learn more about spina bifida at


At 19 weeks pregnant,  Steve & Kalyn learned their third son (baby Grant) had Spina Bifida. They quickly had to do some research and make some decisions on how to begin treatment.  Steve & Kalyn agreed that in-utero surgery to close Grant’s spine was the best option for their unborn son.  This surgery took them away from their other two young boys and out of state to Houston Medical Center. The surgery was performed at 26 weeks gestation.   After months of bed rest Kalyn successfully delivered Grant nearly a month premature on July 25, 2013.  Grant from the very beginning has been blessed with an extremely loving  family, supportive friends and a whole team of talented doctors and nurses.

Grant is 2 years old and a fun, sweet loving boy.  He has two older brothers that adore him.  Grant is hitting milestones and growing! He has undergone several leg casting treatments and has worn braces for his corrected club feet.  He sees the neurologist, physical therapist, occupational and speech therapists as well a urologist on a regular basis.  He is showing the world how strong he is but the family continues to ask for your prayers and support.  Grant’s journey continues.  He will continue to need several medical evaluations and therapies throughout the years.  Your emotional and financial support is so important to the Gillespie family.

They are so happy that they are able to “pay it forward” to other families with children with Spina Bifida.  The non-profit continues to grow and we are blessed that helping these families is possible with Grant’s name in mind.


Thank you all again for the love and support!


Steve, Kalyn, Colin & Andrew & Grant



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We are pleased to announce…

Grant’s Cause for Spina Bifida 2017 5K will be held Saturday July 29th, 2017 8am at Unity Village campus!


T-shirts & Chris Cakes pancakes for all REGISTERED participants!

Silent Auction to take place during the event!

5K is chip-timed, All runners receive a race bib!

5K (3.2 mile walk or run), or choose 1 Mile Walk to Show Support

Family friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Children Under 12 FREE with Adult Registration! *Does NOT include race t-shirt*

Children can enjoy a “Fun Run” and finishers medal.

Out of town? Plan to be a “virtual runner”! (Receive a shirt and run when it works for your schedule!)

Late Registrations and Day of Participation WILL BE accepted… but please know that t-shirts can NOT be guaranteed to those whom did NOT register prior to 7/13/2016

RSVP & Race Event Information on FB at Grant’s Cause! #GC4SB2016



Unity Village Address is 1901 NW Blue Parkway Unity Village, MO 64065

Arrival/ Parking:

Please plan to arrive early.  When pulling into Unity Village please follow the signs pointing towards the BANQUET/ Activities Center parking lots.  There is plenty of parking and we prefer you stay in the Banquet Center parking lot if possible.  It is directly across from our event set-up and start/finish line.

Packet pick-up is race day only between 7:30-8:45am.

Race will start promptly at 9am.  

Route Info:

Whether you chose to participate in the 1 Mile Walk or the 5k distance, both routes will be clearly marked and they start directly next to parking and family activities parking lot. 5K runners will lead the race, followed by walkers and families with strollers.

1 Mile Registrants will enjoy one lap around the Unity Village inner loop, 5K participants will doube the same loop.

Kids “Fun Run” will take place after 5k finishers.  Timing will probably be around 10am.

FYI, There is a very small section of the 5K route that is off payment but is small gravel.

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News you can use:

  • Extra t-shirts, tank-tops and hats will be available for purchase race day. First come first serve as sizes are limited!
  • Come hungry!  Breakfast will be served as well as lots of beverages!  
  • Wheel-chairs/ Strollers are welcome!
  • Live Auction will include donations from several businesses in the KC Metro area.  These include things like KC Chiefs memorobilia, Royals and T-Bones sports tickets, Aladdin Inn Hotel Stay, Personal Training Sessions, several restaurant gift cards, 2 rounds of golf at Shamrock Golf Course, Powell Gardens & Missouri Botanical Garden Passes, Crown Center gift certificate, Paradise Park gift card and many more.  Minimum bid on several items will start at low as $5 so please bring cash, check or charge! Winner to receive at end of event!
  • It will be a July morning, so please plan for a warm morning.  Dress accordingly including tennis shoes and plan to drink lots of fluids and wear sunscreen! 
  • There will be outdoor bathrooms set-up as well as the Unity Village bookstore/ coffee-shop is open Sunday morning.  
  • Please be mindful that people live, work and attend church services in the Village on Sunday so we will need to watch for traffic and leave the community as we found it.
  • Unity Village is a beautiful campus known for gorgeous rose gardens and stunning buildings.  You are welcome to roam about the campus before or after the event.  I would suggest bringing a camera!
  • Photographer will take race photos as well as some candid shots and the link to those will be posted when available!

Contact Courtney at if you can have questions or are interested in volunteering!



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Sponsorship Levels

Silver - $250

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Gold - $500

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Platinum - $1,000

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Please make all donations payable to Grant’s Cause.  Thank you!

Past Event Photos & Videos

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Click here to find all of 2015 photographs…

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Click here to find all of  2014 photographs…


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A look at 2013’s awesome event..

& See the video here: Grant’s Cause 5k 2013


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