Chow Down for a Cause

You also might want to bring a thirst as several wines, beers and liquors will be part of the offerings this year. Because of that, no one under 21 is allowed, but the charity that will benefit from the Taste helps children in need of durable medical equipment.

Kid’s Mobility Network was founded in Highlands Ranch by the Kopp family. Kristy and Peter Kopp’s daughter Kayla – you may have seen her in commercials for American Furniture Warehouse – has an extremely rare condition, Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome.

The syndrome is genetic and is caused by mutations in a gene called fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase. The protein made by the gene breaks down medium and long chain fatty aldehydes. Without the protein the fatty acids build up and cause symptoms ranging from seizures to developmental delays, to spasms that interfere with limb use.

Chances of being born with the syndrome are one in 92 million.

Kayla Kopp has used wheelchairs, walkers and a contraption to stabilize her hips to help her balance. She also uses adaptive tricycles to get around.

Kayla, like all children, outgrows the clothes, shoes, toys and adaptive items she needs.

The costs associated with getting such gear planted the seed for Kid’s Mobility Network, a nonprofit organization that collects used medical equipment, refurbishes it and matches it with families that need it.

Now, the Kopps have a warehouse off Titan Road that has housed gear for 150 children at a value of just under $1 million, in three years. So chow down and drink up to help Kids Mobility Network from 6 to 9 p.m., May 8 at Eastridge recreation center, 9569 S. University Dr.

Restaurants taking part this year include Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Pappadeux, Nicolo’s, Fish City Grill, Big Papa’s Barbecue, CB & Potts, Gelazzi and Pats Jay’s.

Tickets are $25 advance for members, $30 for guests and members at the door. IDs will be checked.
For more information or tickets, see www.hrcaonline.org or call 303-791-2500.
For more information on Kid’s Mobility Network, see www.kidsmobility.org.

By Robyn Lydick

Published: 04.27.09

ColoradoCommunity Bewspapers – Highlands Ranch Herald

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