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