Letter: Thanks to everyone who supported Peter's Free Wheelin' 5K

Thanks to everyone who supported Peter's Free Wheelin' 5K

On behalf of St. Mark's Preschool and St. Mark's Church, I want to thank everyone who came out to support Peter's Free Wheelin' 5K on Saturday, April 27. It was a beautiful day and certainly reflected the wonderful spirit of our diverse community. It was a wonderful celebration of the life of Peter Andersen and a celebration of all children.

To start the 5K race, we had four disabled "athletes" and their "angels," who pushed the "athletes" in their specially designed chairs. There was a range in ages and all were very excited about the unique opportunity to participate. One of the "athletes," 13-year-old Emily Sanchez, a former St. Mark's Preschool student, had her own cheerleaders -- Team Emily -- organized by her parents, Veronica and Ezekiel Sanchez, and her aunt, Maria Oceguera. They were 200 members strong traveling from all over just to cheer for Emily and support the cause. A big, big thanks to this special family! We had approximately 300 race participants and all seemed to be enjoying the day.

As with all fundraisers and races, there are so many people to thank. The incredibly generous La Esperanza Bakery brought their van and donated 500 pastries for everyone to enjoy. Ms. Elsa Martinez provided us with an invigorating Zumba warm-up. Rick Zeisig provided us with fantastic music. The preschool parents donated bottled water and fruit. I also want to thank race coordinator Stephen Stacy, the race committee led by Mike Andersen, the local police and fire department, the Junior ROTC from Dalton High School, the Beta Club from North Whitfield Middle School and all the other volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make the event a success. A big, big thank you to all our sponsors, too numerous to list here, who made it all possible!

And a very, very special thank you to all who share and support our commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, to Mohawk and the Roman Open and other anonymous donors who have supported us through the years, enabling us to continue providing a unique setting where typical and special needs children and their families come together to learn.

Laura Bock

St. Mark's Preschool

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