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Cross the Line for Caroline

March 1, 2014
Elm Grove Middle School
4301 Panther Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112 United States

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Date and Starting Time:

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, the Fun Run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Participants in the Fun Run are encouraged to come early to decorate their bib number.


Race Day Registration & Check In:

Race day registration is at Elm Grove Middle School,

4301 Panther Drive (formerly Parkway High School) in Bossier City, Louisiana, at 7:30 a.m.


Course Description:

Race will begin at Elm Grove Middle School, next to Sun City Elementary. Enjoy a flat, scenic course through the Savannah Place neighborhood.


Entry Fees:

Pre-registration is $20.00 through February 18, and $25.00 thereafter, including race day. You may register by mail or in person with CASH or CHECK at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Ave, Shreveport, LA. CREDIT CARDregistration must be made online at

Race Packet:

Race packets may be picked up early at Sportspectrum Thursday, February 27 (12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), and Friday, February 28 (10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) or beginning at 7:30 a.m. race day. Every pre-registered participant will receive an official “Cross the Finish Line for Caroline” 5K t-shirt.

Post Race Party:

Stick around after the race for a great post party with snacks, drinks, and music. Enjoy a great breakfast from Chick-Fil-A and Southern Maid Donuts, while listening to a variety of music provided by Buckshotz.



Overall male and female winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Sportspectrum. Fantastic prizes will also be awarded to the male and female winner of each age group. Age groups are as follows: 19 years and under, 20- 29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, and 60 years and over.


Other Race Day Events:

Everyone attending the event will have an opportunity to enter a free drawing. Be sure to check the website for an up-to-date list of prizes.


When our daughter, Caroline, was diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) five years ago, we didn’t know what to expect. Our minds were flooded with questions that couldn’t be answered, and it quickly became evident that we knew more about this rare condition than most physicians. After countless explanations and blank stares, we came to the realization that if we weren’t committed to furthering research and awareness for this syndrome, who would be? As parents of a child with LDS, it immediately became our responsibility to support the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. This commitment, combined with the astonishing response and generosity of our community, has led to the fourth annual “Cross the Finish Line for Caroline” 5K.

Within the past three years, this community has raised over $60,000 to encourage education, foster research, and provide support to those impacted by LDS. Please remember that beyond this research and awareness, your help is ultimately buying Caroline, and others with this diagnosis…life. It’s hope and it’s amazing. So pull out your best running shorts and dust off your tennis shoes, because on Saturday, March 1, 2014, we will be crossing the finish line for Caroline once again. We hope you will join us!


Thank you for your continued support,



Wesley and Jennie Bange


What is Loeys-Dietz Syndrome?

Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body. The disorder was first observed and described by Dr. Bart Loeys and Dr. Hal Dietz at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005.

Individuals with LDS exhibit a variety of medical features in the musculoskeletal, skin, and cardiovascular systems. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, LDS features can occur in the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and internal organs such as the intestines, spleen, and uterus. Common features of LDS include aortic aneurysms, ruptured spleen, scoliosis, osteoporosis, flexible joints, cervical instability, food allergies, cleft palate, and arterial tortuosity.


Catching Up With Caroline

The year 2013 can be described in one word for Caroline… “uneventful.” For some, this may seem boring, dull, or even tedious; but for us it carries an entirely different meaning. It indicates health…a year of no surgeries, a stable aortic aneurysm, few seizures, and no new medical issues. It represents continued achievement of developmental milestones…preschool graduation, learning to read and write, attending her first day of kindergarten, and performing in her second ballet recital. It means typical “kid stuff”…celebrating her fifth birthday, dressing up as Merida on Halloween, and meeting Curious George at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. So, “uneventful” for us not only translates to joy, contentment, and happiness, but also to hope and thankfulness.

Despite her uneventful year, Caroline continued to have routine imaging every three months to monitor her aortic aneurysm, blood work to check medication levels, audiology visits to test hearing, multiple x-rays of her spine to assess scoliosis, and appointments with her pediatrician. Caroline’s courage and bravery through every procedure, needle stick, and exam astonished us. It sounds overwhelming to always be in a clinic or speaking with a physician, but for Caroline, it is all she knows. This is her life. Demonstrating immense perseverance and strength, while remaining such a bright, happy, and vibrant little girl, Caroline is an inspiration to us. We praise God daily that He has blessed us with this beautiful, loving child.


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