Greta's Run is the principal fundraiser for Greta's Run Foundation, a volunteer-led, granting-making 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Greta's Run is organized in memory of Greta Schoenemann. a Westfield High School freshman who died from injuries sustained on the first anniversary of 9/11, when a tree fell on her at lunch. Her childhood friends, Jayne Ruotolo and Ben Nanna, founded Greta's Run in 2013, to continue the work Greta was already doing. In honor of Greta's sister Elise, who has cerebral palsy, all proceeds benefit people with special/adaptive needs. WEBSITE | VIDEO
Greta’s Run participants travel to Westfield, NJ from over 24 states, so we take a Local and National approach to making an impact. The following two organizations will be the 2017 beneficiares:
LOCAL IMPACT: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Restricted to benefit Greater Westfield, New Jersey residents.
Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) provides physically challenged people with the tools they need to pursue active and healthy lifestyles. No matter if they're headed to the Paralympics, or playing tag with their grandkids, if an athlete has the desire to pursue an active lifestyle, we're there to support them. Learn more: WEBSITE | VIDEO
NATIONAL IMPACT: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Restricted to benefit one initiative that serves residents in multiple states.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF) is dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, while advancing innovative research to uncover cures for spinal cord injury. Proceeds will benefit The Big Idea - an initiative to rapidly improve the health and quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injury by advancing epidural stimulation research from the lab to the community. Learn more: WEBSITE | VIDEO