BENEFITING: MIKEYS WAY FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 04, 2016
Please support Mikey's Way as we, once again, run "Miles" to generate "Smiles" for kids with cancer! Proceeds from the "Miles For Smiles" 5K Run/Walk will go to the Mikey's Way Foundation dedicated to helping pediatric patients cope with the debilitating effects of long-treatment. For more information about the race go to: www.miles4smiles5k.org. To register for the race go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Redding/mikeysway.
Michael "Mikey" Friedman founded Mikey's Way Foundation in December 2005 when we was just 16 years old. He had been going through his own diagnosis and treatment for a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer. Early in his treatment, he realized that while the doctors were doing everything they could to help him physically, the long hours of treatment were taking a toll on him emotionally. He knew that the more he was able to distract himself the better he tolerated the side effects of chemotherapy. The more research he did, the more he understood how significant the Mind-Body connection could be in terms of the healing process. As a result of his many months spent in the hospital, Mikey experienced for himself the healing power of the Mind-Body connection. So, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation approached Mikey to grant him a "wish", he knew exactly what he would ask for. He wished for a shopping spree, but not for himself! Instead he loaded up as many carts as he could with an array of interesting, interactive and educational electronics. He took them down to his local children's hospital and while circling the pediatric floors, meeting with the children and their parents, Mikey gave everything away. From this singular, unselfish act the Mikey's Way Foundation was born.
Mikey passed away in October 2008 at the age of 19. He experienced the power of his foundation through the 17 Mikey's Way Days he was able to attend. For more information about Mikey's Way visit our website at www.mikeysway.org.