KAYSVILLE — Down Syndrome orphans around the world have a better chance of finding a permanent home.
That’s thanks to such people as 7-year-old Brooklyn McKenzie of Kaysville, who raised $562 as part of the Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome charity’s run on Sept. 14 in Boise, Idaho.
She’s helped pick the blackberries used in jam that she sold to friends and neighbors, said her dad, Brian McKenzie.
Originally she was raising money for a trip to Disneyland, but when an aunt and uncle from Nampa, Idaho adopted a young boy with Down Syndrome from Russia earlier this year, Brooklyn decided all the funds should go to support an adoption of another child this year.
The charity was founded by Brady Murray, who has a 6-year-old son with Down Syndrome.
“I learned about these children that have Down Syndrome that were put into an orphanage when they’re born. It struck to my core,” Murray said. “I wanted to do something.”
He and his wife decided to raise funds to bring a young boy from Lithuania to the United States.
Other people joined the family and they raised $20,000 and found a family to adopt him a month later.
Racing for Orphans typically raises $15,000 for each Down Syndrome orphan. Adoptions can cost up to $30,000, Murray said.
Funds from the Sept. 14 run are targeted to assist with adoption of a Colombian child.
For more information about the charity, visit rodsracing.org.