Matthew’s Miles 4 Smiles

A local first grader is making his sentiment known and spending this Saturday going the extra mile to helping sick kids with a 5k fundraiser.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As 6-year-old Matthew and his mother were watching a livestream of Youtuber Matt Pratt playing video games to raise money for St. Jude Hospitals, the wheels began to turn in Matthew’s head.

Laura and Matthew Scott

Laura and Matthew Scott

Laura Scott, Matthew’s mother, says “So we got to talking about what St. Jude does and why they were doing this and why everybody was so excited about all the money that was being raised. And so we talked about what cancer is and why this was so important and Matthew looked at me and said ‘mommy I don’t like kids being sick,’ and I kinda sat for a second and said, ‘well nobody does, so that is why they are raising this money to help kids not be sick’ and he looks at me and goes ‘mommy I want to help raise money so kids aren’t sick anymore’ and I was like ‘ok let’s do this’.”

Laura and Matthew Scott walking

Laura and Matthew Scott walking

They decided to host a 5k run/walk fundraiser with all proceeds going to St. Jude Hospital. Matthew’s Miles 4 Smiles is an inaugural event for the Scotts. Participants of the walk can register online or day of. The first 50 registrations will receive a special event pin. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16 until the day of the event. On-site registration is $25. The walk will begin at Founders Park.

For Matthew, the 5k is a personal passion to help others.

Matthew at Founder's Park

Matthew at Founder’s Park

Matthew Scott, 6 years old, says, “I don’t like kids getting sick, I feel sad, so I started to be happy about what they are doing so then I started doing the same thing.”

His mother says it’s teaching Matthew a life lesson, that no matter how big or small every little bit helps.

“So it’s pretty amazing for you know a 6-year-old wanting to do this … at the end of the day he always wants to see people happy, he wants to share and spread and share the happiness with people and he doesn’t like the idea of people being sick, being sad,” says Laura. 

Miles 4 Smiles logo, courtesy Facebook

Miles 4 Smiles logo, courtesy Facebook

Matthew says, “Come for more for Saturday on my walk.”

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