Philadelphia Art Museum
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5k Night Race – 7:00pm
After-Party at Eakins Oval – 7:30pm
The 5k Night Race & After Party begins at the Philadelphia Art Museum and is the only weeknight race grandfathered in by the city. We offer something for everyone: a 5k race for competitive athletes or a walk/run for friends and co-workers. After the race, we head over to Eakins Oval for the After-Party at the Oval! A fun event with food trucks, music, and a place to rest some weary feet. Our event will help to raise the vital funds needed to continue our mission and will raise awareness about how individuals with disabilities can and should be part of the community.
Blossom Philadelphia has been changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities for over 60 years. Our story began by supporting individuals with cerebral palsy, but has now grown to include adults and children with autism, Down syndrome, head trauma or any condition that limits a person’s ability to function independently. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by increasing independence, employment and participation in community life, always emphasizing respect and dignity. Your support will help Blossom Philadelphia continue this important mission in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
Andrea & Madison D’Andrea
My daughter, Madison, is a beautiful 18 year old young lady. Due to complications at birth, Madison suffered brain damage and as a result, has cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and limited verbal communication skills. She received early intervention services at Blossom Philadelphia. When she turned five, although old enough to enter kindergarten, I decided to keep her at Blossom Philadelphia for an additional year, an option available to children with special needs. Madison is a proud graduate of Blossom Philadelphia Best Friends early childhood program.
I cannot adequately put into words what Blossom Philadelphia means to our family. Blossom Philadelphia has helped us time and time again with various issues that have developed with Madison. Over the last 16 years, Blossom Philadelphia’s Community Social Services department has helped us obtain the vital services that Madison needs. We also received assistance early on with Madison’s feeding issues and how to go about obtaining durable medical equipment. Prior to Madison attending elementary school, Blossom Philadelphia helped us advocate for there to be a “one-on-one” aide in the classroom with Madison, which helps her focus on learning. This support has had a big impact on her success at school.
As a family, we have participated in Blossom Philadelphia’s 5K for years. Because Blossom Philadelphia is such a valuable resource to our family, over the last several years, we put together a team, Miles for Maddie. Last year, we were 55 members strong! Our family and friends were thrilled to participate because they know how much Blossom Philadelphia means to us. We were also very successful in our fundraising efforts. It gave us an opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization that does so much for individuals with disabilities. It also gave us a chance to honor Madison who has taught us so much about life. She constantly reminds us that love and happiness are most important.
I invite you to join us at this year’s 5K. It will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Madison will be in her stroller.