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2019 Team Carter 5K

We are honored to be part of the Team Carter 5K event on August 10th. This event honors Carter Sperry, who passed away in 2016 after an eleven month battle with brain cancer, and raises money for a family fighter childhood cancer. This year Team Carter is raising money for Clayton Epps, who was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Glioma in April of 2019.

We will be matching funds at this event up to $5,000.

Saturday August 10, 2019
Memorial Park
300 S. Main St. Payson, UT 84651
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Pancake Breakfast & Food Trucks
  • Silent Auction
  • Rock wall, Bounce houses, Water Slide, Games, and more!

Meet Clayton!

Clayton is 2 years old and is often called by his family “Baby Cinco” because he’s the youngest of 5 children. He lives in Payson, Utah with his parents Jim and Bethany, his brothers Braddock (12) and Dawson (8), and his sisters Emmalee (11) and Annabelle (4). He also has the blessing of having his “Nanna” (aka grandma) live with him. She could easily be considered Clayton’s hero because she is ALWAYS there for him. Clayton is extremely lovable and is adored by those who know him. He loves Winnie the Pooh and has recently become fascinated with all things spiders and Spiderman. You can often find him dancing to a good beat or wrestling on the floor with his big brothers. He loves books, cars, and playing outside in the sandbox. 

In April of 2019, Clayton was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Glioma, a large grape-sized malignant tumor growing on the optic nerve of his right eye. He began chemotherapy treatments a week after diagnosis and will continue them for at least the next year, depending on the tumor’s aggression.  Because of the chemo therapy, Clayton’s immune system is compromised, which means he has to be very careful with germs. Despite having to be hospitalized for infection previously, Clayton’s disposition has been one of constant happiness! He teaches his family every single day to have faith and find joy amidst the misfortunes that have taken place. Though he’s just a little guy, he has been resilient in the fight to push forward! We have also witnessed “mountains move” for Clayton because of the faith and loving outreach from others, which is why we set up a Facebook page for him called “Moving Mountains for Clayton”. Clayton’s diagnosis, although heartbreaking, has helped bring our family closer together and has reminded us of what really matters. We are grateful for our tender-hearted, bright-eyed little boy and the blessing that he is to us in our home and in the community. 

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