Harvesting Hope: Thanksgiving Day 5k Run

19 Oct


MomTime is delighted to announce our Fall Service Project supporting a Thanksgiving Day Run in support of The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. This local “Turkey Trot” will be held in Stapleton’s Central Park on Thanksgiving morning. The goal of this race is to raise awareness and funding for the Prader-Willi Foundation.  This event is especially close to the hearts of MomTime as one of our longtime members, Julie Foge, has a daughter Eliza, who has been diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

PWS is the leading cause of genetic, life-threatening childhood obesity, and there is no cure.  A rare genetic disorder, it occurs randomly in one out of every 15,000 live births.  While the symptoms of PWS are varied, sometimes dramatic, the most notable symptom is extreme and unrelenting hunger coupled with a slow metabolism and low muscle tone. Because of the insatiable hunger, PWS is a life-threatening disorder.  To learn more about the Foge family’s journey with PWS, please visit Julie’s blog here.

In order to make this inaugural event a success, MomTime volunteer help will be crucial! We, of course, invite every member to run the race, to spread the word so that others register as well, but there are other ways to help! Right now, race organizers are searching for event sponsors.  The event itself will cost approximately $10,000 to cover expenses.  We want every race entry dollar to go toward the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR). If you know of any organization who you think might be interested in sponsoring this event: PLEASE CONTACT THEM!  As this is an inaugural race on a holiday, sure to be a fun day for all, the sponsors may be especially pleased to have their organization or business featured prominently on t-shirts and other race souvenirs.  Harvesting Hope is a 501c3 organization as well, so any in-kind material donation will be tax deductible.

As we get closer to the race day there will be other ways to help, so please continue to check back for important details and visit Harvesting Hope to learn more about the race.


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