Friends holding 5K to support Olympia High grad injured in WSU intramural softball game

Tacoma News TribuneApril 22, 2014 

A picture of the McCauley family of Olympia being used to promote a May 4 5K race to raise support for Kellen McCauley. McCaulley suffered a life-threatening head injury during an intramural softball game at Washington State University on April 10.


The Kellen McCauley Fight On 5K is scheduled for May 4 in Olympia to raise support for a local man injured in a intramural softball game earlier this month at Washington State University.

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

For more information visit Register for the run by making a donation.

Tessa Effland, one of the race organizers, says McCauley’s parents, John and Jennifer McCauley, were packed and read to head to WSU for mom’s weekend on April 10 when they received a call that their son was injured in a softball game. He was his by the 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 urgently airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane while his parents drove from Olympia to meet him. A grueling 5.5 hour drive. He needed emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain. They (the parents) were on the phone with the surgeon still driving to Spokane. A parent’s nightmare.”

He was on a vent, feeding tube when he came out of surgery and on April 17 he needed a seond 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.

Effland says the May 4 run “is a time to get together and raise the hopes of this amazing family while raising funds to cover the astronomical hospital bills that are accruing.”


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

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