ARDMORE, OK - 9-year-old Conner McDougall is ready to hit the open course, and so is his aunt.
"it's like 80-something extra pounds I think I push," said Erin Wlodarczyk, Conner's aunt. "Him plus the ventilator, plus the running stroller."
A car accident left Conner with a spinal cord injury at 20 months old. And Saturday morning these runners ran beside Conner to show their support and help with his recovery.
"It's like he's getting to run too and be a part of it," said Wlodarczyk. "Because someday I want him to be actually up and running with me."
Conner's mom Sonya Hunter said the $25 entry fee for the 5K and $20 fee for the fun run will also go to help other kids like her son.
"We have started a non-profit organization called Adam's Cape and all the proceeds from today are actually going to go to fund that to be able to help Conner and other kids with special needs down the road," said Hunter.
Some of those funds will go toward Conner's therapy at a facility in Maryland. With one step at a time, Hunter says it's people like this who are making a big difference in Conner's life.
"He's actually regaining some of his movement, we're actually working on getting off the ventilator," said Hunter. "He's up to two hours a day off the ventilator right now, and he's making great progress."
And that's something to cheer about.