Run for three local charities

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 05:06 PM.

It was Craig who asked the team to make Donations 4 Danny our beneficiary. As Danny’s longtime friend, he knew Danny needed help to renovate his home to make it wheelchair accessible.

Eventually, we had to cut registration off for race course safety reasons. We sold out with 800 participants.

On race day, few people at the race understood what it took for Danny and his daughter to cross the 1 mile run finish line. For 2-year-old Summer, it was certainly a long way to walk. The bumpy road and cold temperatures were rough on them both. However, Danny and Summer cherish the memory – it was the first physical activity they shared since the accident. Summer keeps a photo from the race by her bed.

The $18,000 raised from the inaugural 30A 10K went a long way toward helping renovate Danny’s home. But it was the experience that made the biggest difference. “I can’t wait to do it again this year with Summer and my son, Ethan,” he said.

This year, the 30A10K will expand to 2,000 participants and hopes to double its fundraising totals. With this growth, the race has chosen to support three local charities as the beneficiaries of this year’s proceeds:

·          Donations 4 Danny

·          Lighthouse Family Retreat, which serves 200-plus families of children with cancer from around the country with 14 retreats to 30A communities. The retreats include counseling assistance to the families, as well as fun activities for the children.

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