2021 Kyle’s Run

Kyle's Run

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Event details: Registration is at 10 am

5 km starts at 10:30 am

1 km kids run at 11:15 am.

Location: The Oakes Park

Please join the Hall family as we celebrate our 12th Kyle’s Run with proceeds going to the Canadian Liver Foundation. For further information please contact Sandy Hall at smhall1977@gmail.com.

When Kyle was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, his family immediately started searching for information to better understand this disease. They were surprised to find that even though they scoured the internet and saw many specialists in many hospitals, they learned very little because so little was known about the disease.

Tim, Kyle’s uncle, was inspired to do something. “I didn’t want any parents or family to go through what my Sandy and Randy [Kyle’s parents] have had to go through,” he says. ” I hope that research can save someone else. I started Kyle’s Run in Kyle’s memory as a tribute to him. Kyle’s parents live through this every day and it’s heartbreaking.”

Tim had participated in many fundraising run events in the past and thought that by organizing this event, they could raise awareness of liver disease and much needed funds for liver research. In 2011, Kyle’s Run – a 5K and 10K trail walk/run (with fun 1K run for kids of all ages) was born.

“We wanted people in the community to know that liver disease can strike anyone at any age too,” explains Randy. “Kyle was only 25 years young when liver disease took him from our lives. We have family members who died from cancer and heart attacks and strokes but Kyle was the first from a liver disease. We hope this helps a bit.”

In the first year, the event took place in Whitby organized by Kyle’s uncle, Tim. They had 104 participants and by the fourth year this event had attracted 250 participants. Kyle’s Run, since its inception in 2010 has raised over $90,000 in support of liver health research and programs. In 2014, the event moved to Niagara Falls where Kyle grew up, allowing more hometown friends to attend, pay tribute to Kyle and support this very worthy organization- The Canadian Liver Foundation. We continue to honour Kyle by running this event every summer. Thanks to the many people and organizations who have participated, sponsored and/or supported the Hall family in this annual event.

It is not known exactly what causes autoimmune hepatitis and we do not yet have a medical cure for the condition. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the liver, where the body’s own immune system attacks the liver.

To learn more about autoimmune hepatitis visit: https://www.liver.ca/patients-caregivers/liver-diseases/autoimmune-hepatitis/.