The fun run began as a fundraiser for young Lila May Schow, who battled cancer until last year when she passed at the age of 5. This is the third year of the event, now giving back to the non-profit organization that helps fund research for children with cancer just like they did Lila May.
“I really felt that as hard as it was to do it this year that we needed it as a way to remember her and to say goodbye to her as a town,” said family friend and run-organizer Jenny Lorenzen.
Last year , the Hood River community threw Lila May a big princess party for her birthday. The party, which took place shortly before she died, received international attention and was an event where everyone gets into the fun with tutus.
Lorenzen said that all who met Lila saw “a trail of glitter following her in her spunk, in her smile, in her personality. And I really hope to shower the events with a bunch of glitter, just reminding everybody she isn’t forgotten and won’t be forgotten.”
For more information and to pre-register and run with people from all across the country at the event visit: Lila May’s Tutu Trot.