5K Run/Walk to Benefit Local Kids with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Jan 15, 2013, 10:00 ET from Mitchell Thorp Foundation

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 4th annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) "Whole Lot of Hope" 5K Run/Walk that benefits families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9 a.m. at Poinsettia Park, Thorp Field in Carlsbad.  The event supports several families in San Diego County to endure and soften their heartbreaking journey.

Among the children MTF is supporting are Rebecca Edgin, 15, a freshman and cheerleader at Carlsbad High School, who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Amanda Barvinchak, 18, who had to forfeit her athletic scholarship, after being diagnosed with bone cancer; Levi Ryska, 3-1/2, who after recovering from a Crainopharyngioma tumor, causing pressure on his brain, is enduring several physical impairments that require ongoing physical and occupational therapies; Connor Dalby, 2, who continues to battle West Syndrome, the worst form of epilepsy that rarely responds to treatment; and the Rico children, Pria, 12, who is suffering with Recurrent Respiratory Papillmatosis, and recently had her 48th surgery on her larynx, and Tanner, 6, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

"We have been so touched by the outpouring of love from the foundation," said Michelle Edgin, mother. "Now, I can focus more on Rebecca and her care, and on her siblings, instead of how I to deal with all the extra medications and copays. We look forward to walking in February!"

Beth and Brad Thorp created MTF in memory of their son, Mitchell, who passed away in November 2008, after a five-year battle to an undiagnosed illness.  During their heartbreaking ordeal, the community held a walkathon to help them.  The Thorps formed MTF to continue the love and support they had experienced in their time of need.

This year's event will feature a one-mile Kids Run (5-12 years old), the award-winning Carlsbad High School Band and cheerleaders, DJ, live entertainment, runners' medals, raffle, prizes, vendor booths, and more.  For information and to donate contact www.mitchellthorp.org or 760-603-8853.

About Mitchell Thorp Foundation:
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) is a public 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2009, that supports families, whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders.  MTF "cares for the caregiver," by providing financial, emotional and resource support to these families in their time of need.

SOURCE Mitchell Thorp Foundation