Fire chief works with police, school district to support Special Olympics

Fundraiser will send him “Over the Edge,” rappelling 27 stories down a Phoenix building

Sedona Fire Chief Kazian is working in conjunction with City of Sedona Police Officer, Jackie McQuaid and Sedona Oak Creek School District Superintendent, David Lykins to raise money for Special Olympics Arizona. (Photo Courtesy of Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian)

Sedona Fire Chief Kazian is working in conjunction with City of Sedona Police Officer, Jackie McQuaid and Sedona Oak Creek School District Superintendent, David Lykins to raise money for Special Olympics Arizona. (Photo Courtesy of Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian)

SEDONA – Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian and his wife know the joys and worries of raising a special needs child.

Their daughter, Lexi, was born in 2002 and sadly passed at age two. Since, Chief Kazian and his wife have been active in championing causes that benefit special needs children, and have established a foundation in Lexi’s name.

Chief Kazian is now raising money to support Special Olympics Arizona, according to a press release from the Sedona Fire District.

His goal is to raise $1,000 which will be matched by the Lexi Kazian Foundation “Helping from Heaven.”

By doubling the donation, Chief Kazian will provide valuable resources to Special Olympics in support of the 18,000 Special Olympians in Arizona, according to the release. Specifically, the money raised will go to ensuring special needs athletes’ continued participation in year round sports training and athletics competition.

Chief Kazian is working in conjunction with City of Sedona Police Officer, Jackie McQuaid and Sedona Oak Creek School District Superintendent, David Lykins.

By each fundraising a minimum of $1,000, the three will sign up to step “Over the Edge,” and rappel 27 stories and 415 feet down the CityScape Building in downtown Phoenix Dec. 10, stated the release.

Chief Kazian, McQuaid, Lykins, and other participants from all over the state are committed to each raising $1,000 - the cost to support two athletes for an entire year at Special Olympics Arizona.

The “Over the Edge” event draws participants from all over the state, and Chief Kazian, McQuaid and Lykins came together as the Sedona Team because they knew they could raise more money together than they could alone, explained the release.

Each participant who rappels must raise at least $1,000 by Dec. 4 to be eligible to go “Over the Edge” but additional donations may be made until Dec.10. To donate, or to learn more about the “Over the Edge” event, visit the Chief Kazian’s funding website at https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=831491.

To learn more about the Lexi Kazian Foundation, Helping from Heaven, visit http://www.helpingfromheaven.org.

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