HERRIMAN — The city of Herriman will host a fundraiser Saturday to honor the life of a young boy whose broken heart touched hearts all over the world.
Mitchell Jones passed away on March 2 from heart failure after a lifelong battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). He was 10 years old and had been suffering from DMD since July of 2005.
His father chronicled his final months in journal posts on the Facebook page Mitchell's Journey. The page now has more than 94,000 followers and Mitchell's family is using it to raise awareness and money for research and treatment.
"It's still hard, but we want to make something positive out of this tragedy," said Natalie Jones, Mitchell's mother.
On Saturday the family is inviting the community to participate in Miles for Mitchell, a 5k race being held in memory of their son. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Herriman Main Street Park, located at 13000 South 5900 West. Registration for the event ends at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Registered participants will also receive a t-shirt for the event and to promote DMD awareness. People around the country have run in Mitchell's honor in other races across the state and country and plan to continue carrying on his legacy.
Rep. Jim Matheson took the time to honor Mitchell on the House floor April 25. Matheson shared Mitchell's story and told of how the communities he represents rallied around the young boy.
"Mitch's legacy is one of love and compassion — an inspiring young man who faced every challenge with bravery and faith." he said. "Here in Congress, we should strive to live and serve in the same way."