A Run To Remember

It was a bit like herding cats. The weather was perfect, but when you get that many people together ready to run or walk for a mutual cause, the mood can be a bit boisterous. Admittedly, it took a couple of tries, but eventually, a wonderful group shot of The 7th Annual Run To Remember Jeff Warne was captured.

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The Run To Remember is held every year to honour the life of Jeff Warne and to support the Bereaved Families of OntarioDurham Region.  The Team Jeff website tells us…

“On January 26, 2008, Jeff was suddenly taken from us in a violent act. This was more than the loss of a young life; it was the loss of a son, a brother and a truly loved friend.

Words cannot describe the loss and heartache his family and friends continue to endure.

When a child dies, grief can devastate a family. Bereaved Families is a non-profit organization in Ontario whose primary mandate is to provide support services to families who have lost children.”

  BFO – Durham has been supporting families in the Durham Region for almost 20 years and continues to assist Jeff’s family with compassion and support.

Jeff’s family — his mom Denise, his dad Phil, sister Michelle and aunt Caroline set the tone for the day with smiles, hugs, laughs, and some of the mischievousness that was present. There was even a questionable wig or two amongst them.

The perfect place to start the race was at Jeff’s commemorative bench at Cliffview Park in Pickering.

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startMincom Jo was on hand to walk, along with her “Boot Camp” buddies from Snap Fitness in Pickering, a Run to Remember sponsor.

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Mincom Jo WalkingWhether you ran or walked the three kilometers, it was hard not to enjoy the camaraderie, not to mention the breathtaking views of the area.

The run has evolved over the past seven years. The first annual run was part of the Ottawa marathon. The next three years were part of the Whitby Marathon and 2015 is the third year it has been a stand-alone event in Pickering. Now, when the race is complete and the winners in each category are announced, everyone is treated to a wonderful lunch and live music from DoveStar (Sue Blair, Art Bronkhorst and Alfie, Drew and Mike.
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MusicThere was a 50/50 draw, a silent auction, a penny sale, and even a spot to take some whacky selfies.
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As a special treat for our weary runners and walkers, there were even two massage stations starring Massage Therapists Ashley Ne Ville and our very own Mincom Jo.
MassageFor Judy Stacee-Cleaver, it was a perfect fit for Mincom New Choice Realty Ltd. Brokerage to participate as a sponsor. Judy lost her son Jonathan to cancer 10 years ago. She knows how important an organization like Bereaved Families of Ontario can be, helping a family through such a loss.
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According to Jeff’s aunt Caroline, over $9000 was raised this year. She told us:
“Over the past seven years we have raised approx $75,000 for BFO.  We are pretty proud of this, considering the organizing of this event is done by a very small group of people and 99% of the participants are our friends and colleagues.”
Yes, May 24th, 2015 was a perfect day. The perfect day to remember and honour a young man missed by many.
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Jeffrey David Warne

1988-2008

 

 

Comments

  1. Oh this is a wonderful article! Thank you so much for coming to our event and writing such a lovely blog entry about it. Hope to see you again next year!

  2. This is beautifully written; so powerful yet sensitive. It was very kind of you Michelle to share your day with all of us and be a part of Team Jeff. Each year faces change but the love and support my family feels is overwhelming.
    Thank you Michelle for becoming one of those new faces and new friends.

    • Thank you, Denise. We were all really impressed with the day and we’re looking forward to being a part of it again next year. As I told, Caroline, it was a privilege to be able to participate.

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