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Ella Osborne, 7, wants to raise $5,000 to pay for eye care for needy children



TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Bonny Slope student Ella Osborne is spearheading the 2016 Vision Fun Run that will be held on the track at her school. The Vision Fun Run will raise money to help get glasses to low-income families.You can’t meet 7-year-old Ella Osborne without getting a big dose of spunk.

And the Bonny Slope Elementary School second-grader is putting all that energy to good use as she plans and promotes the first Vision Fun Run.

The fun run, set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at her Cedar Mill-area school’s track, is a fundraiser for the KEX Kids Fund, which supports the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation to meet medical needs for needy children.

“So, I love glasses,” she said. “It’s sad to see other people not have the vision care they need.”

Ella knows what she’s talking about.

At just 3 months, her pediatrician discovered a cataract in one of her eyes and Ella has needed specialized eye care ever since, said her mother, DeDe Osborne. Fortunately, they can provide for Ella’s care but know some poorer families cannot, DeDe Osborne said.TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ella Osborne is leading the charge for the 2016 Vision Fun Run at Bonny Slope Elementary.

The Osbornes, including dad and logo designer Ryan, have lofty expectations for the fundraiser: Their goal is to sign up as many as 300 runners and walkers and earn at least $5,000 for the fund. The run and walk will be segmented by age groups.

“I think it’s going to be really fun because everybody likes to hear music and run,” Ella said.

They also will have other activities, such as bounce houses, face-painting, hairspray art and crafts. Western Family and Bale’s Thriftway are helping with supplies and Franz Bakery has donated a doughnut party per grade level for Bonny Slope classrooms that sign up the most runners.

KEX radio personality Paul Linnman has agreed to serve as master of ceremonies and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle may also make an appearance.

Ella also hopes to sign up more members of the wider community and invited runners and walkers of all ages to get more information and register on their website, visionfunrun.com. They also have an active Facebook page.

She has been making the rounds to school board and parent meetings and her own Bonny Slope classrooms in an effort to spread the word.

“She got the class all jazzed up,” said her teacher, Susan Acosta, herself a marathon runner. “I am absolutely on board with what she’s doing.”

So is Janet Maza, Bonny Slope’s principal: “Ella’s a really good role model for all the students.”

Ella said she plans to make the Vision Fun Run an annual event for the foreseeable future — which for her is at least until she’s a fifth-grader.

“All I can say is I’m excited,” she said.

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