Unique 5K at Camel’s Back Park will raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation
BOISE, Idaho – Alex Conley founded Kono Nutrition here in Boise, this supplement company aims to keep people healthy through nutrition, something Alex is passionate about after being diagnosed with leukemia and having to go through it at a young age.
“I was diagnosed when I was four and got to have a dream trip to Disney World,” Conley said. “I just think it was such a special and unique opportunity when you go through the battle of an illness like that to take the time to be a kid again.”
Now, Alex is helping the Make a Wish Foundation grant wishes to other children living in difficult circumstances. In Idaho, Make A Wish has issued 1,800 wishes, but they still have 125 that they are trying to fulfill.
After granting his own wish, Alex uses his business and one of Boise’s most iconic landmarks to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation and in particular for an eight-year-old girl named Hailey who is battling leukemia.
“From a dream kid perspective, it’s surreal, especially for his parents,” Conley said. “I’ve spoken with her and her family a lot, they’re just blown away with the support, she felt so loved during this process.”
On Sunday, Kono Nutrition will be hosting a 5K called Stronger Together where they invite the community to take on a tough challenge because to reach that distance, people will have to climb the stairs of Camel’s Back Park ten times.
“I think there’s a huge difference between fitness and health and our goal is to try to merge those two worlds together,” Conley said. “I just want to bring the community together and make people do their best.”
The Make A Wish Foundation holds its biggest fundraiser of the year on New Years Day when it does the Polar Plunge at Lucky Peak, which hasn’t happened in the past two years due to the pandemic and the weather.
Mo Bagley of the Make A Wish Foundation tells us it’s huge for them when community members like Alex step in to help raise funds while impacting children’s lives.
“Seeing him connect with Hailey is magic and what are the wishes if not the magic,” Bagley said. “I know that money is for making wishes like Hailey’s come true.”
Hailey is in remission and in October she gets her wish after a two year wait, she will be heading to Disney World with her family for a trip of a lifetime and she will be at Camel’s Back Park on Sunday.
“She’s really excited to see certain characters, especially Moana,” Bagley said. “It’s at the top of her list and we’re thrilled to make it happen for her.”
Kono Nutrition has also partnered with Elevated Hydration to give out vitamin shots, Queen Juice will give away free juice to attendees, Orange Theory, Pure Barre and Lululemon will also give away giveaways.
Those interested in taking on this challenge can register online, people can also register at the park until noon Sunday, participation requires a $20 donation, but all of that money will go to the Make A Wish Foundation.