Hours before the Emmy Awards take place on Sunday (September 18), two-time Emmy winner Jon Cryer will take part in a charity-focused event.
Shane’s Inspiration is a nonprofit organization created in 1997 by Scott Williams and his wife Catherine Curry-Williams following the passing of their infant son Shane from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
In honor of their son, Catherine and Scott created “Shane’s Inspiration Playground,” the first inclusive playground in California.
The organization is recognized as a world’s leader in Inclusive Playgrounds and Programs that unite children of all abilities. According to a press release, “Its mission is to foster social inclusion for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and education programs.”
Since its founding, the nonprofit has benefitted more than 35,000 children through its education and community outreach programs.
Every year since it’s opening in 2000, the playground in Griffith Park has served as the location for the 5k Walk & Roll which sees hundreds of children, many of whom use wheelchairs, gather for the fundraising event.
Scott, an Executive Producer for the CBS series “NCIS” (on which Cryer is a frequent guest star), will emcee the event.
Other stars attending the event include Wallace Langham (“CSI”), Brian Dietzen (“NCIS”), Madison McLaughlin (“Arrow”), Steve Valentine (“Crossing Jordan”), Ravi Kapoor (“Crossing Jordan”) and “Miss India America” Meera Simhan.
Registration for the event begins at 6 am on Sunday (September 18). A 5k/10k Trail Run begins at 7:30 am followed by a stage ceremony with Cryer an hour later and the 5k Walk & Roll at 9:30 am.
Learn more about the event here.
Photo Credit: Joan Birch Zimmerman