… & sad isn’t the right word!
REGISTER NOW FOR THE KELLEY CARES 5K RUN/WALK
Saturday, MAY 19, 2012
Not a runner? Don’t worry, you can donate! It’s simple, just click http://www.kelleycares.org/ and scroll down to find the “DONATE” button. Click on the button and you’re on your way to supporting the Kelley Cares Foundation.
(If you ARE a runner, look for the route marker brought to you by Do More with LES!)
Who is the Kelley Cares Foundation?
The Kelley Cares Foundation is a mission of love for our dear daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Kelley Swanson was a vibrant, fun-loving and energetic young woman who left us too early.
Kelley was a very active volunteer for the Therapeutic Recreation Program’s Youth Opportunity Sports program from the fourth grade through her graduation from TC Williams High School. This Foundation was formed to carry on Kelley’s civic-minded spirit and her desire to make people aware of the need for inclusion regardless of ability.
Where will all of the money go?
Due to Kelley’s passion for helping the special needs community, all funds raised through this year’s efforts will go towards supporting the Therapeutic Recreation Program’s programming needs and equipment costs, as well as the Miracle League of Alexandria.
What is the Therapeutic Recreation Program of Alexandria?
The Therapeutic Recreation Program emphasizes opportunities for developmental growth. Their activities are geared toward allowing participants to test their abilities and increase their self-confidence while participating in activities of their choice.
What is the Miracle League of Alexandria?
Kelley Cares is proud to partner with the Miracle League of Alexandria for our 2012 Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk. We are working together with the City of Alexandria as part of a public/private partnership to build a Miracle Field at the Lee Center in Alexandria in FY 2013. A Miracle Field is a synthetic turf baseball diamond designed specifically for use by individuals with special needs. The surface is entirely covered in a rubber-like compound that allows a firm, yet cushioned surface for wheelchairs, walkers and more. The main focus is to allow youth and adults with special needs to play sports such as baseball, softball, T-ball and even kickball in an inclusive environment.
For more information on the Kelley Cares Foundation, please visit the website at www.kelleycares.org.
Thank you for your support!
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BIG HUGE OVERDUE Photo Credit goes out to Michele Maresh Blanchette
Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know, I was born with a congenital heart defect, specifically an atrial septal defect. That was thirty-two years ago, and despite some very challenging times, I am doing very well! To recognize this important time in my life, I am again walking with family and friends – and hopefully YOU – to benefit the Adult Congenital Heart Walk on May 5, 2012. I am asking for your support by either joining me or making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Here are just some of the facts: Nearly two million children and adults are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States. Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born with a CHD, making it the country’s #1 birth defect. At least 10% of all congenital heart defects are first found in adulthood. Thanks to increases in survival rates, the number of adults living with a CHD rises by 5% a year and adults with CHDs are living longer, fuller lives than ever before. Your support will continue our progress.
The Congenital Heart Walk is an exciting joint effort between the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). This effort will raise funds to help both organizations continue their missions to address the needs of both the newly diagnosed and long-term survivors of congenital heart defects, who are driving the knowledge and science of adult ACHD, in a truly inspirational day of sharing, caring and fun.
As you know, congenital heart defects are personal to our family. My family has been with me every step of the way. Mom and Dad and my good friend Stu and I walked last year together at American University.
Please support our efforts by making a donation today by visiting this link and please feel free to join us on Saturday, May 5th at George Mason University, too!
Thank you in advance from the bottom of my ticker.
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help in my efforts to support the Congenital Heart Walk.