40 local runners including Pat Ogawa and Michael Wampold from Mercer Island are determined to raise funds and awareness for Carnation’s Camp Korey this year at the New York City Marathon, Nov. 3. Last year, Hurricane Sandy cancelled the marathon due to the severe flooding and damage to city infrastructure from high winds and rain.
“Team Korey” seeks to raise awareness and funds for Camp Korey in Carnation. The camp is named in honor of Korey Rose, a teen who ldied of bone cancer at age 18, Camp Korey helps thousands of children restore their childhood through therapeutic recreation. Children who participate live with illnesses such as mitochondrial disease, cerebral palsy and craniofacial differences. Often time spent with other campers is the only time when they’re surrounded by children with similar conditions.
Over the past five years, the team has raised more than $800,000 in support of Camp Korey through running, cycling, climbing and other athletic and community events. Funds raised help to provide the opportunity for more children living with these life altering conditions to attend Camp Korey.
Last year, Team Korey members, along with thousands of other runners, were unable to participate in the New York City Marathon due to the cancellation caused by Hurricane Sandy. However, the team chose to stay in New York to help provide relief to those affected by the storm. Team Korey also helped to organize a small race in Central Park to give those who had trained for months an opportunity to run. Given the cancellation of last year’s event, the team is especially thrilled to be a part of this year’s marathon and to represent the Camp Korey family.
To date, Team Korey has raised nearly $145,000 toward this year’s goal of $180,000 before race day. Funds raised will help Camp Korey serve more than 3,000 children, at no cost to their families, this year alone.
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