Organizers of the Third Annual Ponseti Clubfoot Races announced today that the event will honor the memory of Caroline Found, 17, a student at Iowa City West High School who tragically lost her life recently in a traffic accident.
The races begin at 9 a.m. on October 1 near the UI Sports Medicine Center located at 2701 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.
The event is named for world-renowned orthopedic pioneer and surgeon, Ignacio Ponseti, MD. Proceeds benefit research and treatment of clubfoot, a genetic disorder that causes the feet to turn inward and downward.
Ponseti and Earnest Found, MD, Caroline Found's father, were colleagues and friends for many years when they worked together in the UI Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. UI Football Head Coach Kirk Ferentz will serve as the official starter for the races.
Clubfoot is the most common physical disability in newborns.
Ponseti developed a nonsurgical procedure that corrects clubfoot through a series of plaster casts. The Ponseti Method achieves better results and costs less than surgical treatment.