Hey Ohio! We are busy setting up for the 5k Foam Fest coming this weekend. Not too busy, however, to give a shout out to our partner charity. We are so excited to be donating partial profits to TraffickFREE and their S.O.A.P. initiative. TraffickFREE educates students, parents, professionals, and motel owners/staff on the red flags of trafficking and how to identity a victim. You can learn more about the amazing organization here.
Yes, you guessed it. 2 days till the Tri State 5k Foam Fest. Here is some of the proof that you have a lot to look forward to.
Come by the website for specifics on the race or to still sign up. We are supporting Special Olympics of New Jersey with the proceeds to join in the worthy cause to get filthy.
Pittsburgh, you have 2 days left till its time to throw yourself down one of these:
We had to get three for you because of the crowds. If we knew any better we could have gotten some green ones to go with the yellow. If you haven’t committed here is a link to the website. Special thanks to the venue, Camp Lutherlyn near Butler and our sponsors: Days Inn- Butler, Hilton Garden Inn- Cranberry Township, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Honest Tea and Max Cure Foundation.
And…Detroit, your photos are here.
We are privileged to associate with Operation Walk Pittsburgh as our benefitting charity for the Pittsburgh 5k Foam Fest. They are a wonderful non profit organization that dedicates their time and resources to orthopedic needs of those in need all over the world. Here are some of the people that they have helped:
Karen Basham – Right KneeReplacement, November 2012
Karen recently moved to Butler from San Diego to take care of her aging mother. During an initial visit to the Butler Health Clinic complaining of leg pain, her physician recommended that she apply for Operation Walk Pittsburgh. Having worked as a nanny for 30 years, Karen had no access to affordable health insurance.
She has suffered with knee pain for the past 7 years, but a team from Operation Walk Pittsburgh performed surgery on her right knee. She feels “very privileged to receive this great, great gift,” and looks forward to taking walks and attending local craft shows to sell her products.
Autumn Merriwether – Right and Left Knee Replacements, November 2011/November 2012
Autumn is from New Kensington and used to own and operate a daycare center before becoming the operations coordinator for a car dealership; however, her knees were preventing her from working.
Autumn likes to shop (but doesn’t do Black Friday!) and enjoys writing poetry, music, and going to church, something she hasn’t been able to do because of the pain she experiences. She states, “I can really, honestly say my quality of life stinks right now, I can’t do anything. It’s painful even to just take a shower.”
She was frustrated with how limited by her condition she became, stating, “It has actually caused me to be depressed because I can’t do anything.”
Now that Autumn has had two knee replacements by Operation Walk Pittsburgh, she is ecstatic. “I thank God for my angel Dr. DiGioia – thank you to the whole Operation Walk team! I have two new knees, which will allow me to finally get back to living again! 2013 is going to be the best year of my life and I owe it all to God and Dr. DiGioia! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Vearie Poellnitz – Right and Left Knee Replacements, November 2011/November 2012
Vearie lives in Penn Hills. Originally from Alabama, she moved to Detroit before eventually settling in the Pittsburgh area. She has two children and six grandchildren and as Vearie states with a smile, “I’m an awesome mom and grandmom.” Vearie works as a housekeeper in Squirrel Hill and discovered Operation Walk Pittsburgh after her employer read an article in the Post-Gazette.
She had been having issues with her knees for the last several years. Her daughter told Operation Walk Pittsburgh, “it seems like forever because she has suffered so much.” Vearie admitted she had a “very, very poor quality of life. It’s difficult to just get up and do anything.” Daily activities were difficult and work became a painful experience.
Post surgery, Vearie is excited because she is able to do more of the things she enjoys like working on her home and spending time with her family. “I’m glad the program is here to help people like me who don’t have insurance,” comments Vearie. Her daughter adds, “We are so glad, extremely glad…just for her to finally get some relief we are very glad.”
Louis Hilliard – Right Hip Replacement, November 2012
Louis is from Butler and has been suffering with severe hip pain for years. This past November, Louis received hip replacement surgery by Dr. Muzzonigro and his team at Butler Memorial Hospital as part of the 2012 Operation Walk Pittsburgh local efforts.
Louis told Operation Walk, “I can’t thank Operation Walk enough. After being in a car accident in 1999 and dislocating my right hip, I was in terrible pain. Now, I am able to run around with my grandchildren!”
Lilian – Hip Replacement, September 2012
For years, Lilian had been looking to improve her life. Seven years ago, she traveled from her home country of Uruguay to Honduras in search of an opportunity to receive a hip surgery that would change her life physically and emotionally. Her hip pain limited her movement and made even the simplest daily activities impossible. Lilian was depending on other people and had to leave many things incomplete. She felt horrible relying on someone to put on socks, shoes or to pick up a dropped item from the floor.
Lilian struggled to find work with the limitations of her condition. She forced herself to work, pushing her body to the limit to avoid being ridiculed. Most days she was in tears because of the pain but continued to hide her illness from others.
After so many years of anguish, Lilian’s life dream came true and she received a total hip replacement by Operation Walk Pittsburgh. She is now able to perform daily tasks independently.
Lilian told Operation Walk Pittsburgh, “These angels called Operation Walk devote part of their lives giving away their time and knowledge to people like me. My tears now are not of the pain in my hips, but from happiness and joy. I have no words to express my feelings. I can only say thank you to Operation Walk. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I give you love and thanks.”
Jose – Right Knee Replacement
Meet Jose from Guatemala, one of Operation Walk Pittsburgh’s first patients! Jose was unable to work on his family’s farm because of his terrible joint pain and had taken on a new profession as a bread baker. Still in horrible daily pain, Jose sought out Operation Walk Pittsburgh for a right knee replacement. Post replacement, Jose has gone back to work on his family’s farm and is enjoying life pain-free. The Op Walk team will never forget Jose’s kindness of baking fresh bread for the team in gratitude.
Thank you for being involved with the 5k Foam Fest and supporting wonderful causes like Operation Walk Pittsburgh.If you haven’t signed up for the Foam Fest already come to the site!
Detroit, here are some pictures of your Foam Fest under construction. We have plenty of great things planned for you this weekend!
Stony Creek Metropark is the locations for the event
Lots of dirt was brought in…
to make plenty of these!
And with all those thirsty people/mud/foam you want to have plenty of this!
Just testing out the foam
Here is a sample obstacle for you.
If you need more last minute information please check out the website. We will see you in 2 days!
We are proud to spotlight the Special Olympics of Michigan as the local benefitting charity for the 5k Foam Fest in Detroit. They have included a bio of two of their star athletes for us to recognize:
Doctors said Molly would never walk or even talk. Her mother knew different and was determined to never allow that to happen. She never saw the things her child could not do; she only imagined what she could do. Molly’s mother turned out to be right when experiencing her child do the impossible, walking at age 4 and talking by age 5.
Now, 20 years later, Molly is a Special Olympics athlete who participated in the 2011 World Games. Molly was a top performer at the games and took home a Silver medal in the 3000 meter run and Bronze medals in the 4 x 400 meter relay and 5000 meter run. Molly is now preparing to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Central Route relay which will have her running the five-mile stretch of the Mackinac bridge this coming September.
Special Olympics Michigan continues to provide Molly with the transformative power of sport for opportunities to experience inclusion, acceptance, unity, respect, friendship and joy.
Ben was named the Spartan Stores healthy Athlete of the Year for 2012. Ben has been a Special Olympics Athlete for eight years now competing in basketball, soccer, poly-hockey, bowling and track. Snider is a great team player, shows great sportsmanship and makes sure every athlete has fun. He has gained so much confidence and self-worth and wants all of the other athletes to experience those feelings as well. Snider takes pride in his accomplishments and understands if effort is put forward, nothing is impossible.
Snider enjoys running, and when it is cold outside he can be found on a treadmill! He participates in many 5k and 10k races and often makes family members join him as well. Ben has often been seen going back and running with whoever has not finished, encouraging them all the way to the end. Snider demonstrates being a healthy athlete physically, nutritionally, and spiritually.
Come to the Special Olympics of MIchigan website to find out more about the organization and how you can take another step to support them and their noble cause.
We at Round House Racing feel privileged to associate with such an organization