Friday, February 24, 2012
Well folks 2012 is in full swing and I hope your training is going well. As you may know, we are running the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 18th 2012 in memory of Owen Simmons. Team Owen was a smashing success last year and we are hopeful that we will have as many or even more runners helping stomp out SMA. The response thus far has been outstanding and the donations are starting to roll in. Last year we were able to raise over $15,000 and we are hoping to top that mark. Let's get that moolah flowing.
We have a new T-Shirt design this year and to put it simply, they are awesome. We will have over 100 runners with their blue angel wings come race day. Again all we are asking of Team Owen members is to wear their shirt on race day and to take a picture with the whole team before the race on the library steps. After your race is run and completed, we will be having a post race dinner and party at Knucklheads Bar and Grill. We will have food, music, raffles and a great time. If any Team members know of anybody who wishes to donate any raffle items, we are excepting. We will also be having 3 more training runs on the New Bedford Half course starting this Sunday and following the next two Sundays. It is a great way to meet other Team Owen members and to also get a feel for the course. Come on out and experience some great people running for a great cause.
Finally, Heather(Owen's Mom) received some sobering news this week. She received an email from a local family who shared that their 4 month old child had just been diagnosed with SMA. They are full of fear, sadness, worry etc. SMA is so cruel and this is a strong reminder of why we do what we do. Be grateful for your healthy children. Be grateful for you're health. Remember how devastating this disease is and that SMA babies and their families need our help and support. So lets dig deep and and try to make even more of difference in a child's life this coming half. Thank you so much for your continued support and help and remember "WE RUN FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T"