Over $63,000 Raised at RUN UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME!
The 18th Annual Run Up for Down Syndrome lived up to its name, with a new route that took participants up a significant portion of Burnaby Mountain. Nevertheless, there was nothing but smiles all around as the 700 runners who came out to walk hand in hand with those on the lifetime journey of Down syndrome enjoyed a beautiful early summer day.
Participants ran, walked, biked, strolled and scootered their way around the 5 km and 1.5 km courses in celebration of the people in their lives with Down syndrome. In doing so, they helped empower those individuals to achieve their tremendous potential.
All told, more than $63,000 (net) was raised for DSRF's research and educational programs.
Run Up for Down Syndrome is hosted by the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, a Burnaby-based organization that empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential as contributing members of the community. In the weeks leading up to the event, runners worked hard to collect donations from friends and family.
A highlight of the day was a special appearance by Vancouver Canuck and Burnaby native Mike Santorelli. Santorelli showed off his sharpshooting skills at the hockey challenge, and delighted autograph and photo seekering Canuck fans of all ages. An autographed Santorelli jersey was won by John Pearson, one of DSRF's newest Triple-21 partners.
Run Up for Down Syndrome was sponsored by more than 30 local businesses and organizations, including Lead Sponsor Euro-Rite Cabinets. Euro-Rite showed their commitment to the event by entering a 46-person team in the event and raising over $12,000 in donations.
Team Ralph (1955-2014) led the way with $14,640 in donations. 22 individual runners raised over $500 each to earn entry into a draw for two flights anywhere that WestJet flies, with Team Ralph's Byron Cook winning the grand prize.
2014 also marked the return of the Run Up for Down Syndrome Corporate Challenge, in which business-based teams competed to see who could make the biggest impact for individuals with Down syndrome. Euro-Rite claimed the Fundraising Award, while Quicktech Computer Consulting brought home the Spirit Award.
The Run was also sponsored by Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, Boston Pizza Brentwood, Burnaby RCMP, Callaghan Photography, Complete Print Service, Destination Toyota Burnaby, Encorp Return-It, Fly Over Canada, Full Moon Rentals, Global BC, Impact Magazine, Imperial Trophies, Kins Farm Market, Kitchen Riddles, Kensington Safeway, Krispy Kreme, Lago Apparel, Mercer, Metro Printers, The Newsleader, Old Dutch Foods, Par-T-Perfect, Penske, Pioneer Distributors, Science World British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Skechers, Starbucks, Vancouver Canadians, WestJet and Woodhouse & Associates Inc.
To every business, participant and donor who contributed to the success of this year's event: thank you again for empowering individuals with Down Syndrome. See you next year!
DSRF depends on the generous, ongoing financial support of individuals and organizations who believe in our mission to help individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential. Please consider partnering with us with a monthly donation of $21 through theTriple-21 program. Thank you for your investment!