First Annual Run for Taylor a Huge Success!

The Run for Taylor, which took place July 19, was a wonderful success with a great turnout of runners and walkers.

Posted on 7/26/14

By Melissa Anderson

Approximately 100 participants of all ages either ran or walked to raise money for Prader-Willi  Syndrome (PWS) research.

For Craig and Rebecca Borgen the show of support for their daughter Taylor was greatly appreciated.

“The love and support of our community is overwhelming and brings me to tears just thinking about it.” Rebecca Borgen said.

The Run for Taylor had a goal of raising $7,500. Which, with t-shirt sales, race day donations, and all the online donations made was reached by the end of the day.

“I don’t know exactly what the definition of success is, but to us Taylor’s first run/walk was definitely successful! We had a great turn out and everyone has said they had a great time” Rebecca Borgen said.

Jacey Borgen, Taylor’s aunt, organized The Run for Taylor event. There was face painting, bouncy houses, and a dunk tank for the kids to enjoy. There was also a satellite run at the Mount Carmel Dam with around 25 participants.

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a genetic disorder that typically causes low muscle tone, short stature if not treated with growth hormones, incomplete sexual development, and a chronic feeling of hunger that, coupled with a metabolism that uses drastically fewer calories than normal, can lead to excessive eating and life threatening obesity.

The past year has been a roller coaster of emotion for the whole Borgen family. For little Taylor, staying active is key.

“Taylor is constantly wanting to be wherever her big brother Tyler is, so I think that has a huge impact on how mobile she is” ,Jacey Borgen said.

Physical therapy has also been a huge part of Taylor’s development helping her reach milestones as she grows.

“Taylor has conquered one year with having Prader-Willi Syndrome and she’ll continue to fight for many more years to come, she’s definitely a fighter!” Jacey Borgen said.

The Run for Taylor had a 5k run/walk along with a run for just the kids in attendance. The top three finishers in the Men’s division: 1. Chris Andrejko- St. Simons Island, Ga.; 2. Steve Hart-Wales; 3. Noel Borgen-Fargo.

In the Women’s: 1. Sarah Morgan-Fort St. John, B.C., Canada; 2. Kristin Opocenslay-Altona, MB, Canada; 3. Becky Blum-Germany.

The top three in the kids division: 1. Brooklyn Hager- Rugby; 2. Tucker Gellner- Langdon; 3. Maddux Jorgensen- Langdon.

The Borgen family would like to thank everyone that came out to support Taylor’s fundraiser and gave to further the  research for Prader Willi Syndrome.

“We will forever be grateful for your donations, love and prayers for Tay and our family.” Rebecca Borgen said.

Also, thank you to all the businesses that donated to help organize and plan the first year of the event, the committee for getting everything together, and the volunteers that helped with the activities during the Run.

“We are so happy that we were able to put this run together and help raise awareness for PWS and our baby girl” Borgen said.

If you would like to donate to PWS research you can visit the Run for Taylor Facebook page which has a link to the One Small Step foundation. Or you can contact Rebecca Borgen.

Taylor will be celebrating her first birthday on August 1 and the Cavalier County Republican would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday!