2011-04-28 / Letters

Szwydek 5K Run

To The Editor,

The words “no man is an Island” rang true on April 16 at the second Szwydek 5K walk/run when so many people pulled together to celebrate the life of and honor our son, Steven, and at the same time benefit the students of Fulton County. Although the weather proved to be a challenge, the sun was clearly visible in those who volunteered their time and efforts to assure that the memorial fund remained viable.

We would like to personally thank Jeremy Hollinshead for leading the way this year and organizing the event at Forbes Road High School. Thank you to Fred Foster, Forbes Road superintendent, and the Forbes Road School Board, which allowed us the use of their facilities. The local fire police provided their services to assure the safety of all those who participated. Brown and Kathy Cutchall, Craig and Barb Cutchall, Cordell Strait, and Nikki Fleming arrived bright and early on race day to volunteer their services. Students Olivia Mills, Samantha Ross, Shania Gelvin, Ashlyn Buterbaugh, Nichole Stoey, Emily Karzewski, and Leah Summers willingly offered their time to help with registration and the distribution of water at the end of the race. Susan Truax and her home economics class prepared cookies that were served to participants with the assistance of Ruth Knepper, Opal Jobe and Fairview United Methodist Church. Thank you to Giant Food for its contributions to the after-race snacks.

Moving opening ceremonies included a video of the Forbes Road students visiting Arlington, followed by the national anthem sung by Olivia Mills and prayer offered by Mac Miller. Government officials Sen. John Eichelberger and commissioners Cutchall and Hoover came out to show their support and participate in the event. Many of the sponsors mentioned in the newspaper article were also present, and we appreciate their patriotism in sponsoring the event.

A very special thank-you to Angie Booth. Without her organizational skills, dedication to the memorial fund and love and support of our family, we would not have had the drive to continue working to keep this memorial alive after the devastation we experienced when funds were lost through poor management or mismanagement on the part of our financial advisor.

We are truly fortunate to have so many honest, caring people in our lives who see the value in this fund. Words cannot express our sincere gratitude.

Semper Fi

Mike and Nancy Szwydek

Warfordsburg

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