Dream Factory child to start second annual Tower Run

August 21, 2014 

The honor of starting a 5K is not something most ordinary four-year-olds will ever experience, but Rowan Park is not an ordinary child.

At age two, she was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor, a form of kidney cancer.

“One of her kidneys was completely distorted with the disease and she needed surgery immediately to remove it,” said her mother Amy Barber Park of Pleasant Hill.

Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City removed the tumor. The toddler then went through months of chemotherapy.

Rowan is the sixth generation of her family to be affiliated with Unity.

The Dream Factory’s mission is to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through 18. A tree house for Rowan will be built at her family’s home this fall by Dream Factory volunteers.

The Tower Run will take place Sept. 13, at Unity Village. More information is at www.unityvillage.org/towerrun.

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