Record-Breaking 2008 Walk-a-thon Benefits Reeve Foundation

Foxcroft rakes it in

Sunday’s torrential rains and the threat of thunder and lightning in the forecast may have forced a postponement of the Junior Class Walk-a-thon until Wednesday afternoon, but the spirits of the junior class and their special guests could not be dampened. The Opening Ceremonies took place! Junior Class President Gabriella DiCarlo welcomed everyone to Walk-a-thon 2008 to benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and in memory of Carol Foosaner, mother of Nellie ’09. She thanked Bob and Nellie Foosaner for their involvement saying, “Thank you, Nellie, for inspiring us to take this cause on and for being instrumental in organizing it.” Gabriella also thanked Sheila and Rick Fruehauf, parents of Louisa ’09, for donating the T-shirts for the event.

Several days later, Wednesday’s four-mile walk-a-thon raised a record-breaking $30,000 for the Reeve Foundation and involved more than 160 walkers, runners and cyclists. Avid runner Gabrielle DiCarlo was the first person back from the Walk-a-thon. Mike Brown and his staff offered up a barbecue on Brick House Lawn for the community.

At the opening ceremony, Bob Foosaner had shared an amazing story with the group, wanting to provide a ‘historical context’ for the event. “Several years ago I was on the board of the Washington International Horse Show when we chose the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to be the recipient of our fundraising efforts. For some reason, I was asked by the board to meet with Christopher Reeve. I was reluctant to do so. My bride Carol convinced me to go and we both got to meet with Christopher Reeve ten months before my bride’s accident. Within three weeks of the accident, Christopher Reeve contacted us and he continued to be in touch with Carol until his passing.”

Bob also introduced special guests from the foundation who had arrived ready to walk in support of the junior class. Bernadette Mauro, Paralysis Resource Center Information Services Manager for the foundation, participated in the 2005 and 2007 New York City Marathon using a hand cycle. She thanked the girls for their work and for their donations “which will fund research, quality of life grants, a Resource Center and Advocacy Groups.” She went on to say that Team Reeve, established in 2005 and raising $20,000 its first year, had now expanded, raising more than $300,000 in 2007. She commended Foxcroft for being the first school member of Team Reeve. Bob also introduced Dr. Cristina Sadowsky, as one of the leading spinal cord surgeons in the country who had worked with Carol, as an “example for Foxcroft girls to look up to.”

And finally, on a more personal note, Bob spoke to his daughter, Nellie. “To my daughter, my pride and joy -- how proud your mother would be at this time. I know she is looking down on you with a smile.”

Congratulations to all juniors – and thank you to all sponsors and participants of the Walk-a-thon.
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