The 2017 Walk for Kenna on Saturday, June 3rd was a HUGE success thanks to all of you.
I am so grateful and blessed to live in such a wonderful community. The outpouring of love and support at the 2017 Walk for Kenna was just amazing… and continues to be, from all those willing to give up their time to all of the donors and sponsors of the Walk for Kenna. It just shows what an impact Kenna not only had on us but had on all of you. She was a GREAT kid… a daughter who always made dad proud… magenta hair and all. I had to stop a few times the morning after the 2017 Walk to regain my composure after seeing some of the notes people wrote and the checks people signed. I hope by doing events like this we AS A COMMUNITY raise awareness of Anxiety, Depression, and Teen Suicide (which is now the 2nd leading cause of deaths in teenagers). I don’t want another parent to see what I saw, have to do what I did, and now feel the way I feel… It is unbearable. If you are suffering please Speak Up and Reach Out! This is nothing to sweep under the rug… we need to speak about this and let our children know its ok to come forward and not to suffer in silence.
In 2017, the proceeds from The Walk for Kenna donated $8500 to the Gates Chili Education Foundation for the Arts, Music and Athletics Programs…. All Programs that Kenna participated in while attending the school. They also covered the cost of Global Speaker Kevin Hines who is a mental health advocate, best-selling author and documentary filmmaker. He spoke to 1,600 students, teachers, administrators, and community members at Gates Chili on Thursday February 8, 2018. Kevin’s mantra; Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why they call it the present. It was an amazing day/evening!
Funds raised this year in 2018 will be designated to the following:
1. The New Pediatrics Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at Strong Hospital
2. The Gates Chili Education Foundation
3. Prevention of Teen Suicide in the Rochester Area
We are looking for Walkers, Runners, Volunteers, and Businesses to make the 2018 Walk for Kenna a success. Please share this information with your friends and family, and any businesses you think may consider sponsoring this great event. We are hoping for 500 walkers and runners this year and can’t do that without you.
Hope you can join us for the 2018 Walk for Kenna!
Thank You to the Following 2017 Sponsors:
Wegmans Food Markets, The Garden Factory, The Rochester Americans, The Rochester Red Wings; Pat, Christina and Ryenne Dadey, Bill and Ann Dadey, Chris Dadey, Spectrum Business Class, Shmegs, Sparx of Creativity, Black Bird Design, Clowning by Kandi Kiss, Zuper Eventz, Starbucks in Westgate Plaza, Leo Bean and Sons, Instant Again, Salon Eleganza, Maria and Keith Rugg, Melissa Cruz, Advantage Federal Credit Union, NU-Look Collision and SERVPRO.
And all of the establishments who donated gift cards to our raffle. It was a huge hit!