WAXAHACHIE — Flashback to the nostalgia of the 1980s with neon patterned fashions, VHS tapes, and the pumping beats of emerging pop-rock music – it is the decade that doesn’t quit.

Babies of the 80s can now celebrate their era through the fifth annual Flashback for Their Lives 5K Run or Walk, hosted by Texas Baptist Home for Children of Waxahachie this Saturday, April 22.

“The run benefits our adoption department, it’s the only fundraiser we have all year that helps pay legal and adoptive fees for our adoptive families who are able to adopt children in CPS care,” explained Alec Franco, Texas Baptist Home for Children’s Post Adoption Case Manager.

Established in 1910, the local foster and adoption agency has provided its services for pre and post-adoptive families, currently raising $25,000 to continue its impacting work.

“Even though an adoption through CPS is considered free, there are still legal fees. The families do have to pay for an attorney, and the adoption agencies they go through,” Franco described the purpose behind the fundraiser. “What we do is take out CPS, so we can do all of the training, background checks, and find families that are eligible for adoption. So it goes to cover those fees and post-adoption fees, like sending kids to camp, annual adoption celebration ceremonies, helping children with counseling, and helping the families."

Not only will those who participate have a chance to make a difference in the lives of Ellis County families, but also enjoy a fun, family-friendly outing.

“We’re going to have bounce houses, a photo booth, and the first responders will be out, so we’ll have some policemen and firemen and a sergeant who’s bringing his horse,” disclosed Franco of the activities surrounding the event. “We love being a part of the Waxahachie community. We’ve been here over 100 years, and the community has been very supportive of us, and we want them to see the families it’s affecting, and the blessings it’s bringing people inside and outside our community as well."

From ripped tights to shoulder pads, and oversized blazers, Franco invites the community to dress up and run to make a difference.

“There’s going to be a lot of 80s decor and fun, so come in your best 80s outfits and run or walk with us. Come help us give these children and families a chance at becoming one, big happy family,” Franco encouraged.

The Flashback for their Lives 5K Run or Walk will be held at Getzendaner Park, located at 400 S. Grand Ave, on Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m.

Registration is $30 per person or $25 for groups of four or more. To register, visit www.tbhc.org or call Alec Franco at (972)-937-1321


Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer