The first event was a success, raising $6,000 for the Iowa Donor Network from nearly 500 people who either ran or simply donated to the cause. The second year was even more successful, raising around $6,500. The money is raised through race fees, T-shirt sales and donations. The shirts are designed by Dyllan’s sister-in-law, Kim. This year there will be both T-shirts and sweatshirts offered, once again designed by Kim.
“All the proceeds we take in go help somebody,” said Dennis.
The family donates the money raised each year on Dyllan’s birthday, Nov. 13.
“We don’t take back our own expenses,” said Carol. “It just all goes to help.”
The outpouring of support has shown the family how much Dyllan touched the lives of others during his life. His college roommate, Kevin Wolter, comes to the race every year with his parents and girlfriend.
“The first race his dad drove from Chicago, picked him up in Iowa CIty and drove straight to the race ..no sleep, no stopping,” said Dennis. “They drove all night to get to Moulton so they could be there to run the race.”
Just two months before Dyllan’s accident, he and Wolter completed their first 5K together.
“They said they were going to run it together,” said Carol. “Kevin had to stop and throw up so Dyllan waited for him or they would have done better. That’s just how he was. They were doing it together.”
The two ended up finishing in the top 20 out of more than 100 racers.
Besides the Iowa Donor Network, the family has also helped other local families suffering through hard times. The experience of losing Dyllan made them realize how much small gifts can help during difficult times.
““It makes you cry because you know what they’re going through,” said Carol. “We couldn’t do all this without everybody that helps in the community, so that’s why we try to keep as much as we can in the community.”