Run will benefit Olympia High grad

Staff writerApril 27, 2014 

The Kellen McCauley Fight On 5K set for May 4 in Olympia will help support for an Olympia man injured in an intramural softball game earlier this month at Washington State University.

McCauley graduated from Olympia High and is a sophomore at WSU.

The run is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Olympia High’s Ingersoll Stadium. Participants are asked to wear crimson and gray, WSU colors. A minimum donation of $10 is requested.

Tessa Effland, one of the race organizers, says McCauley’s parents, John and Jennifer McCauley, were ready to head to WSU April 10 for Mom’s Weekend when they received a call that their son was injured in a softball game. He was hit by a ball while walking back to the dugout, Effland said.

“He finished the game, seeming fine until heading home with his fraternity brothers,” Effland said via email. “His slurred speech indicated to his friends he needed help. He did.

“He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane while his parents drove from Olympia to meet him. … He needed emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain. (The parents) were on the phone with the surgeon still driving to Spokane.”

On April 17 he needed a second surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. This time surgeons removed a portion of his skull.

Effland says McCauley is still in intensive care but talking more clearly, has regained some movement in his left leg and has some tingling in his right arm.

“He is in for (the) marathon of his life,” said Effland, who is friends with McCauley family.

The event is open to runners, walkers and those pushing strollers. Learn more

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