BREWSTER, MASS. --- A family member of a student at Latham Centers’ residential school recently organized a charity 5K Run for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) for the benefit of Latham, and donations total more than $16,000 for the non-profit human services provider.
On June 16th, over 100 participants laced up their running shoes to take part in the 5K Run for PWS in Bay Shore (Long Island), New York. Leah Healy, a rising senior at Bay Shore High School and the proud sister of Latham School student Sean Healy, planned, organized, and executed the race to raise awareness for PWS, and to raise funds for Latham Centers.
The funds raised will support key initiatives including the Expanding our Circle capital campaign for the new Latham Community Center; Latham’s Asinotherapy Program (donkey therapy); and Latham’s Children’s Services Program.
Leah’s mother Sharon Healy said, “This race was very important to Leah. It was her idea, and she wanted to take the lead on all the planning and details. Junior year can be a very stressful time. She had a pretty rigorous course load, and she took all of this on in the middle of her lacrosse season. We are so proud of what she was able to accomplish.” Leah’s online fundraising page states, “I have a 15-year-old brother named Sean and he has Prader-Willi syndrome. I am spreading awareness of PWS so that Sean and other individuals born with PWS can benefit from your support. Sean has lived at Latham Centers in Massachusetts for the past year and a half because the daily challenges he faced due to PWS became too overwhelming for him and our family. The support and structured environment at Latham has provided him with the opportunity to be his authentic self as someone living with PWS. He is happy, understood, and thriving.”
Latham Centers President and CEO Anne McManus expressed the agency’s appreciation: “We are all so grateful to Leah for her vision and her hard work in creating this 5K charity event. What an incredible act of love. Congratulations on the success of the Run for PWS and thank you to all who came out that day to run and support Latham.” Donations to Leah’s Run for PWS http://weblink.donorperfect.com/LathamCentersInc/RunforPWS are tax-deductible and Latham Centers receives 100% of funds raised.