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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Run For Kate's Sake starting Saturday (Feb. 10)

From neighbor Angie Lithgow:

I am hoping that you will help me with an important project to benefit a family that lives in Sylvan Park.

Many of you may have already heard that the area is hosting a five mile run to benefit the Greenway. The run will be held on April 7th, and it is called the Richland Creek Run. It will start on Park Avenue near the Cohn Adult Learning Center and proceed through Sylvan Park, the Richland Creek Greenway, Cherokee Park and Richland-West End before returning to Park Avenue. Mayor Purcell is kicking the race off at 8 a.m., and he will be walking part of the greenway at 9am as part of the promotion. Several local companies and organizations are serving as sponsors, including The Wilson Group, Saint Thomas Health Services, Montgomery Bell Academy and The Nashville Scene.

In light of this event, I am searching for people who would be interested in taking part of a special team - A Team For Caroline and Kate. For those of you who are not aware of this family’s struggles, their journey is amazing and inspiring. The Kirk family lives in Sylvan Park where they raise their two girls. Caroline is 7 years old, and Kate is 4. When Caroline was five years old, she was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disorder called Niemann-Pick Type A/B. Kate was diagnosed with the same disease just a few months later. While Caroline’s symptoms had already progressed too far to receive a cord blood transplant, Kate qualified for the procedure. As Kate’s condition holds steady, Caroline’s condition becomes more fragile. This family lives with the severe effects of this terrible disease every day, yet they continue to inspire others - myself included. They carry themselves with grace and speak of acceptance in a manner which touches people’s lives. They endure a pain that most of us cannot understand, but still manage to find blessings in the smallest daily activities.

A Team For Caroline and Kate would raise awareness and funding for this family. Each member would be asked to train and take part in the race. You would be asked to register for the race, and purchase a team t-shirt. You would be asked to secure individual sponsors who would be willing to donate money to the Team for Caroline and Kate on your behalf. We are hoping to build a large team and make a huge presence in this race for the benefit of this family. Please join me in this effort. Even if you cannot participate in the race yourself, please pass this information on to neighbors, family members, and friends.

I would like to invite you to attend our first meeting on Saturday, February 10th at 9:00am at The Richland Park Pavilion on Charlotte Ave. Come dressed warm and ready to train. We will meet first to answer questions and address issues. After the meeting, we will go for a short run to start our training. Even if you don’t run (which includes me), you can walk, stroll, or go at your own pace. The purpose is not to win the Richland Creek Run, but it is to help the Kirk family win a race of their own. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. Thank you, and I hope to see you on Saturday!

Please call Angie at (615) 463-0099 or send her husband Rory an email at rlithgow[at]comcast.net if you are interested in supporting this great cause.

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