KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 28, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The streets around Seven Lakes Junior High will fill up with joyous color this Saturday during a Color Run benefiting the Live Like Lucas Foundation. The new Katy-based non-profit aims to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs and their families through opportunities in the memory of Lucas Harrison.
Color Run this Saturday benefiting Live Like Lucas Foundations. Photo courtesy of Live Like Lucas Foundation.
First Major Event for Katy-Based Non-Profit
The Color Run is the first major event for the non-profit.
“Our hope is that this event will celebrate all the happiness and kindness Lucas brought to so many people and also help us fund the support we want to provide to the special needs community,” says Lucas’ parents, David and Afsoon Harrison.
The Color Run is this Saturday, May 1 at Seven Lakes Junior (6026 Katy Gaston Road.) Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. and the run or walk starts at 9:00 a.m.
The entry fee is $25. Shirts are not guaranteed at this point in the registration, but the organization promises that fun will be had by all.
Registration is available online. As the event is outside, masks are not required.
“Lucas had a knack of making you forget all your problems when you were with him,” says DavidHarrison. “He made you feel incredibly loved and special and we plan for this to be the first of many events that continue his gift of happiness and kindness.”
Lucas Harrison was born with a Chromosome 2 abnormality. He was also a happy child who lived life to the fullest according to anyone who met him.
On July 23, 2020 Lucas drowned while at a special needs day camp. Read our story on the tragedy here.
The tragedy shook his family, but also all who knew him. After his death, his teacher, Mollie Boulware wrote a passage about him:
Lucas made you FEEL things.
Lucas made you stop and think about things.
Lucas made you smile.
Lucas made you laugh.
Lucas made you clap your hands for joy.
Lucas made you sing.
Lucas made you see the world differently.
Lucas made you feel like you were the most important person in the room.
Lucas made you stay present in the moment.
Lucas made an impact on every single person who had the good fortune to cross his path.
I may have been his teacher, but he was truly mine
Plans to Assist Katy ISD Families with Special Needs Children
The group also hopes to raise funds to assist families with scholarships and educational aid within Katy ISD for families with special needs children.
“With all the craziness in the world these days we hope this event will make you forget your problems just as Lucas did while he was here on earth," says David Harrison.
The Live Like Lucas Foundation preps for the Color Run!
“The outpouring of support for us and our family has been unbelievable, and we truly appreciate all the love and support we have been given over the past 9-plus months,” says Afsoon Harrison. “Lucas touched so many and it has been great hearing all the stories from people that met him.”
Learn more about the Live Like Lucas Foundation at their website.