First Tehyathon 5k fundraiser, walk and concert to be held in Carmel Valley


Cathedral Catholic High School, Outreach Through Dance, Feeding the Soul Foundation, and Make-A-Wish San Diego are all supporters of Tehya Foussat as she fulfills her vision to create a day of inspiration and celebration with Tehyathon, a 5K Fundraiser, an Inspiration Walk, and a Celebration Concert on Sunday, April 21.

Doors open for the event at 1 p.m.; the sporting event starts at 2 p.m. and the concert ends at 8 p.m.

The event will be held at Cathedral Catholic High School, 5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, 92130.

“When Make-A-Wish San Diego asked me what I wanted, it was easy to answer, I want to celebrate the people who have helped Tehyathon and to inspire others to make a difference in their communities,” said Tehya. “No matter what circumstances you are facing, you always have the choice to inspire people and to celebrate the wonderful things that are happening.”

Tehyathon, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Tehya and her former teacher, Martin Reisert. Tehyathon was formed with the purpose of raising funds to increase awareness of a serious birth condition called Spina Bifida. The organization offers support to patients and their families who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida and its related conditions. In addition, they also focus on serving those in need with its Tenderness Totes Program.

The event will feature Adaptive Sporting Events, including wheelchair races for our friends with medical or mobility challenges – celebrating and commemorating them as Honorary Tehyathon Athletes for the Day. There will be a mini-carnival and a jumper for the kids, vendor booths, a variety of food trucks and snack booths available during the festivities. There will be lots of entertainment on the field during the races.

The day will conclude by honoring the Tehyathon Athletes, volunteers, and donors with a Celebration Concert produced by Feeding the Soul Foundation and Outreach Through Dance, featuring inspirational speakers, singers from the San Diego music scene, high-energy hip-hop and contemporary dancers, and other performing artists.

Charitable contributions and donations received throughout the day will benefit the Tehyathon Tenderness Totes Program, which are “survival packs” for the homeless and anyone in need. Generous donations will allow Tehyathon to create and distribute more Totes within the community.

With past support from our Athletes and Donors, Tehyathon has distributed over 600 Tenderness Totes to those who need them most. Our goal is to give away over 1000 totes by June 1, 2013.

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Tehya was born with the most severe form of Spina Bifida. Lipomyelomeningocele occurs when the spinal cord is exposed through an opening in the spine, resulting in partial or complete paralysis of parts of the body. The paralysis may be so severe that the affected individual is unable to walk, and he or she may have other issues affecting neurological function.

Tehya’s parents were told before she was born that she might have little to no quality of life. To that they replied, “Well thank goodness you are not in charge of her quality of life!”



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