A well known metro area fitness trainer is holding an annual 5K to support a toddler battling cancer for the fourth time.
Each spring he holds a program called Fit 4 Change that ends with a 5K at the State Capitol - this year that race is aimed at helping a little boy who has been fighting for his life since he was born.
For the past 12 weeks, citizens that have been a part of Paul Lacoste Sports' Fit 4 Change program have pushed themselves to meet their fitness goals.
Fit 4 Change is a 12 week program that consists of intense boot camp style classes that meet four times each week. Activities include speed, power, reaction, agility, and quickness drills, along with cardiovascular and strength training.
The twelve week program concludes with a 5K run. This year that race will be held on Thursday, March 31.
The program consists of several teams:
Team House - This team consists only of individuals who have been elected to and are currently serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Team Senate - This team consists only of individuals who have been elected to and are currently serving in the Mississippi State Senate or as Lieutenant Governor.
Team Bryant - This team consists of individuals who are employees or staff of the Governor of the State of Mississippi and/or family members of Governor Phil Bryant. These individuals must work directly under the Governor in his office.
Team State - This team consists of any current employee of the State of Mississippi.
Team Mississippi - This team consists of individuals who are current residents of the State of Mississippi and have a strong desire to change their lives and get healthier.
There is also a Fit 4 Preaching program that consists of individuals who are currently active clergy, including but not limited to pastors, priests, and ministers who teach the word of God on a regular basis.
Several members of the WLBT staff have also been participating in this year's program. Reporters Jessica Bowman, Patrice Clark, C.J. LeMaster and Digital Manager Mary Grace Eppes joined other members of the Jackson media on this grueling fitness journey.
This year's 5K is dedicated to 3-year-old Ryan LaSource, of Madison, who is battling Leukemia for the fourth time in his short life.
During one of the morning boot camps, Lacoste told his team that one day his wife told him Ryan's story after she had seen it posted on Facebook. That story touched him so much and he said he knew he had to help in some way.
Little Ryan has been undergoing treatment at Blair E Batson, but will soon be heading to Duke in North Carolina for his second bone marrow transplant.
Because his family will be away from home for so long during his treatment, there will be many unknown financial expenses from medical, to food, housing and travel.
The 5K is completely free to everyone and donations for Ryan and his family will be accepted at the race.
The race kicks off on Thursday March 31 at 6 pm at the State Capitol in downtown Jackson.
Paul Lacoste is a Jackson native who has been training youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes for over ten years. He was an All-SEC linebacker for Mississippi State and has racked up experience in the NFL, CFL, and XFL and was named CFL Rookie of the Year in 1999.an All-Sinebacker for Mississippi St
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