'A Most Excellent Race' to benefit the Achievement Centers' Camp Cheerful in Strongsville

HIGHLAND HILLS, Ohio - Sunday morning is the 23rd annual "A Most Excellent Race" at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights. 

Every penny raised from the race helps many kids who are beating the odds, like Jared Jackson. The 16-year-old is taking some big steps. 

"A few months after he started we actually heard some words we thought we would never hear, which is mommy, I love you and daddy, I love you. And those things very early on we thought we would never hear from him," said Jared's mother Mozelle Jackson.

Jared has cerebral palsy. He attends weekly speech therapy sessions at the Achievement Center for Children in Highland Hills.

"Jared's a kid pretty early on they said he would never talk, never walk and when he got to the Achievement Centers, it's such an amazing place. He's made significant progress," Mozelle Jackson said.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from "A Most Excellent Race" benefit the Achievement Center's Camp Cheerful. The camp, founded in 1947, sits on 52 acres in the Cleveland Metroparks' Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. 

It's a special place for Jared. 

"They have no boundaries to what they're doing. They can do things like a zip line from a wheelchair or horseback riding or swimming.  Just all kinds of things that kids with disabilities that the typical kid would do," said Mike Jackson, Jared's father.

"A Most Excellent Race" starts Sunday at 9 a.m. You can register on site from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. NewsChannel5's Chris Flanagan will emcee the event.

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