The first annual Run for Relief 5K was truly an amazing race. The event took place this past Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, FL. Participants arrived just as the sun was rising in the morning to pick up their bib numbers and commemorative t-shirts. Haitian-American songstress, Phyllisia Ross, kicked things off by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while participants lined up for the start of the race. The often times temperamental Miami weather cooperated for the race and remained comfortably breezy for the 5K. The sounds of 99 JAMZ WEDR-FM filled Peacock Park and could be heard on the racecourse. We were delighted to see so many young school children participating in the race with their parents. We were also thrilled to have a very special guest attend the event with Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Barth Green. A huge accomplishment in itself, 13-year-old Thedjy Romelus walked part of the course with Dr. Green.
Two years ago Drs. John Ragheb and David Sandberg found Thedjy unconscious in Haiti. They performed a life saving operation on his brain and Project Medishare brought him to the United States. When he arrived in Miami, Thedjy had a malignant tumor removed from his brain by Dr. Sandberg. This operation was followed by over a year of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which he recently successfully completed. Thedjy is now attending a special school for vision challenged children, where he is an A student, and sessions of physical therapy. His dream is to be “as tall as a tree”, play in the NBA and to create music. Post-race, standing alongside Dr. Green, Thedjy spoke to the Run for Relief crowd thanking everyone for participating and supporting Project Medishare. He ended his brief but touching message by saying “thank you for saving my life”.
A $40,000 check was presented to Project Medishare for Haiti by event organizer Laura Simko and Claude Grubair and Andy DeAngulo of the Ransom Athletic Department. Thank you to everyone that supported Project Medishare through the Run for Relief 5K. Congratulations to each person that completed the 5K and to the race winner, Adam Chambers who finished the race with an astonishing time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds! To find your race result, please click here or look for Run for Relief on www.splitsecondtiming.com
We would like to extend a very special thank you to Laura Simko, Claude Grubair, Andy DeAngulo & the entire Ransom Everglades Athletic Department for organizing this race.
We are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Run for Relief 5K in 2012 and hope to see you all out there!