NAMPA - People participate in the FitOne races for many reasons - some a lifestyle change, some for fun, others to give back.
A Nampa family is running and forming a team in memory of their 21-month-old son who died three years ago.
Lucas Spencer had a blood disease known as Evan's Syndrome, and got treatment at St. Luke's Children's Hospital for seven months.
"Lucas was just such a loving boy," his mom Solveig said. "Everyone who ever came to visit him, he just welcomed them with hugs and kisses and smiles."
"We'd go to the hospital everyday," Daren Spencer, Lucas' father, said. "For a 21-month-old to go to the lab and just give you his arm and go 'here you go, you can poke me.'"
Money raised from the race goes to St. Luke's Children's Hospital, so by racing, the Spencers want to make sure St. Luke's can continue to support other families going through similar situations.
"They were there with us in the darkest heaviest moments of our lives," Solveig said. "There's just so much love and so much support. It's such a special occasion."
FitOne is a three-day event that runs September 22-24. Race day is Saturday morning.
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