EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A new run/walk event in the Borderland aims to help families with children pay for their medical expenses.

The United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is hosting the first-ever El Paso Teddy Bear Run on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3233 N. Mesa St.

The event will offer both a 5K run and a one-mile walk to benefit children in the region without adequate medical insurance. It is known as the “Teddy Bear Run” in honor of UHCCF’s stuffed animal mascot.

The run/walk will begin at 7:45 in the morning although participants can begin registering for the event on-site at 7 a.m.

Organizers are hoping the event will help to fund more than ten different medical grants for children across the region.

Since 2007, UHCCF has provided more than $62 million to help families with children handle the often overwhelming cost of procedures that are not covered by commercial insurance plans or those that are only partially covered.

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