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2017 Run With Heart raises record amount for local charities

Colin Matter and his parents receive ceremonial check at Mill Creek City Council meeting. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.
Colin Matter and his parents receive ceremonial check at Mill Creek City Council meeting. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Columbia Athletic Club’s September 16, 2017, annual Run With Heart event raised over $6,000 for local charities; a dramatic increase above the $2,500 raised in 2013.

The event featured 8K, 5K, Kid's 1K, and Toddler Dash competitions.

According to event organizer Bobby Sorensen, “Our 5th annual event was our best one yet, resulting in more local participation and sponsor involvement.”

“We raised $6,299.50. $4,000 went to Colton's Army Guild and $2,299.50 went to Ironheart Foundation.”

Colton's Army is a movement of supporters who love a 15-year old hero who has been called to battle cancer (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) five times in the past seven years.

Through this journey, Colton Matter has endured two bone marrow transplants, a stem cell transplant, and one revolutionary t-cell therapy trial to beat cancer. He wanted to create something, which led to the Colton‘s Army Guild.

Colton‘s Army Guild was founded in 2016 and will support Seattle Children's Hospital uncompensated care and the cutting-edge immunotherapy cancer research "Strong Against Cancer.”

Colton's Army Guild is a non-profit with funds directly impacting the medical care of children and accelerating the pace of the necessary research to find a cure to childhood cancer.

The lronheart Foundation uses physical movement and sport to transform, empower and positively impact lives that have been affected by heart disease. Their goal is to create a global cardiac community to support cardiac patients and families to encourage an active lifestyle. By encouraging and promoting the lronheart Community to be active and heart—healthy, they hope to reduce the number one cause of death in both men and women: heart disease.

Colton Matter and his parents were at the November 14th Mill Creek City Council meeting to receive a ceremonial check.

The City of Mill Creek became involved in the Run With Heart for the first time this year.

Combining the city’s long-standing Kids Fun Run with the Run With Heart brought many more youth participants to the Columbia Athletic Club event.

Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing Joni Kirk said, “Our role entailed helping in every stage of the project, from planning, securing the Park (McCollum Park) at a discounted rate, obtaining sponsors and donations, marketing of the event, providing volunteers, and handling day-of logistics.”

“By combining the events, we pooled the resources of the two runs, built on the strengths of both entities in partnership, and raised more funds than have been previously raised.”

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