Woodford County

Woodford County briefs: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad to hold Golden Spike celebration

Cameron Young
Cameron Young

The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum will have a Golden Spike celebration at 1 p.m. Thursday at the depot in Woodford County Park.

The museum's board of directors is celebrating the completion of a $1.2 million "Back to the River" historic restoration project funded in part by a transportation enhancement grant.

A brief ceremony will include the driving of a ceremonial "golden" spike, similar to the ceremony on May 10, 1869, that marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

After the short ceremony, attendees will take a free ride in a new first-class passenger car to Young's High Bridge over the Kentucky River.

Two Versailles youths to be honored at arthritis walk

Northside Elementary School fifth-grader Cameron Young, 10, will be a youth honoree at the 2012 Lexington Arthritis Walk at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Saturday. Registration is free and will begin at 9 a.m.; the walk will start at 10 a.m. There is a one-mile option and a 5K option. Dogs are welcome at the walk.

There are a total of four honorees, including one other Versailles youth, McEwen Baker, 14.

Dogs also suffer from arthritis and one dog in particular, Boomer, will be recognized.

Cameron was diagnosed at the age of 8 with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, an auto-immune condition that causes his body to attack the joints, causing pain, inflammation and damage if untreated. Arthritis typically affects joints, but JIA can involve the eyes, skin, heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract as well.

Cameron and McEwen are two of 300,000 children in the United States and 4,000 children in Kentucky with arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children in the United States, resulting in 827,000 ambulatory care visits annually. Kentucky ranks first in the nation for the incidence of arthritis.

Cameron and his mother, Angela Young, recently visited Washington, D.C., where they attended the 12th annual Arthritis Advocacy Summit.

The purpose of Cameron's visit was to tell members of Congress about his arthritis and how it affects his daily life.

According to his mother, Cameron told them, "I just want to be able to run and play with my friends without having to be in pain."