SPARKLE RUN: 25k Raised For Hospital Playground

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It took an enormous effort to fulfill the dream of a metro girl. Last fall an Ankeny 5th grader lost her battle with leukemia. On Sunday, family, friends and her classmates laced up their shoes and put on pink to remember her.

More than 1,500 people took part in Erin Moomey's first annual “Sparkle Run" at DMACC in Ankeny, Sunday afternoon. During Erin’s stay at Blank Children's Hospital, it became her goal to raise money for a new playground. The old playground at the hospital is more than 20 years old.

Erin's mom says the effort to reach the goal is overwhelming and a way for the family to cope.

“It will be annual event so every year will find another nonprofit and it will always be called the Sparkle Run for Erin,” says Becky Moomey.

The Moomey's are more than half way to their $47,000 goal.