Walkers step up to benefit foundation

CARLSBAD — The fourth annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) “Whole Lot of Hope” 5K Run/Walk to benefit families, whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 at Poinsettia Park, Thorp Field, 6600 Hidden Valley Road. The event directly supports many families in San Diego County to endure and soften their heartbreaking journey. This year, among the children MTF is supporting are three young North County and San Diego kids: Rebecca Edgin, 14, a cheerleader and freshman at Carlsbad High School, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia; Dewayne Snerling, Jr., 3, who has neuroblastoma cancer, and whose military mother had to leave her position to be by her son’s side; and Amanda Barvinchak, 18, a scholar track star at Rancho Bernardo High School, who had to forfeit her University of San Francisco athletic scholarship in June, after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.“We were overwhelmed when our “Becca” was diagnosed with cancer,” said Rebecca’s mother, Michelle, a nurse at Scripps Encinitas. “But Mitchell Thorp Foundation has been providing us with comfort and hope as we proceed with treatments. We are so grateful for the support of so many and look forward to walking in February!”

This year’s MTF event will also feature a Kids Run (5-12 years old), the Carlsbad High School Band and cheerleaders, live DJ entertainment, runners’ medals, raffle, prizes, kids’ games, vendor booths, and more. For more information or to donate to this worthy cause visit www.mitchellthorp.org or call (760) 603-8853.

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2009, that supports families, whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders.




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