BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One family's fight to raise awareness has turned into a pledge of community support.
Carter Stiles, 5, has a rare auto-immune disease affecting his ability to eat normal foods without severe complications. The family's goal was to raise community awareness and gain support for Carter and others like him.
This Saturday, they're celebrating one more year to raise awareness of the disease by hosting the fourth annual "Carter's Walk 4 Cured," where three other children from Bakersfield who have been newly diangosed with the disease will also be attending at this year's event. Carter's mother hopes the public comes in order to be aware of the disease.
"I want everybody to imagine their life without food, because that's what Carter goes through everyday, ever single day," said Brandy Stiles.
Carter's Walk 4 Cured starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and the family will be accepting late registration until 7:30 a.m.
Last year, during the third annual Walk for Cured, over 500 participants participated and raised nearly $27,000 for the cause. Over the last three years, the family has raised over $75,000 from local donations.
If you're interested in learning more about Carter's Walk 4 Cured or Eosinophilic Esophagitis, you can visit the group's Facebook page .
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