This year, the family is expanding the causes that will receive donations. They are also planning to sponsor an Iowa family on a trip to Island Dolphin Care in Florida. The program provides an experience swimming with dolphins to families that have children living with disabilities and illnesses.
“It is something for the whole family,” said Dennis. “We can kind of pick them…and it will be someone from Iowa.”
Dennis and Carol said the family is still learning how to cope with missing Dyllan. Since he passed away they have heard from many of his friends and people who knew him relating stories the family never knew about.
“We’ve gotten hundreds of cards from people telling us stories and things he’d done for them that we had no idea,” said Dennis. “He’s still helping people everyday by doing this.”
The family has also given out scholarships to Moulton-Udell seniors in honor of Dyllan. The money comes from cattle that Dyllan raised as well as memorials the family received after he passed away. The family hopes to continue this tradition and may even expand the amount of scholarships they give out in the future.
The say everything they are doing with the DCL foundation, the 5K and the scholarships is a learning experience and a worthwhile effort.
“I think just by us putting this on…people tell us they’ve never really thought about being a donor…they didn’t realize how many people in some cases it helps,” said Dennis. “It just brings a lot of awareness to the community.”
The third DCL 5K run/walk will be held tomorrow during the Moulton Jamboree. Learn more about the event by visiting www.facebook.com and searching for DCL Foundation.