Brewster Town Administrator to Run Marine Corps Marathon on Behalf of Two Cape Charities
Posted Oct 14 2010 10:21am
Brewster Town Administrator Charles Sumner is running off Cape on Halloween Day to participate in the 35th Marine Corps Marathon on the Washington DC Mall. He will run to benefit two Cape charities— the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Cape Cod and Latham Centers in Brewster. Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the nickname as “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world.
In preparation for his first marathon, Sumner, 55, has been training with a good friend (and avid marathoner) since the spring, running many miles a week. “My longest training run thus far has been 18 miles, with one 20 mile run planned before slowing down to ease into the big day,” according to Sumner. “I am grateful for my health, my family, and life on Cape Cod. I want to celebrate my good fortune by participating in this marathon, to set a personal challenge and to fundraise for two important Cape nonprofit organizations.”
NAMI is a volunteer group that offers support and education to families and friends of those with a serious mental health illness and to individuals with the illness. Those illnesses include Clinical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cape Cod NAMI is an affiliate of NAMI Mass and NAMI National in Washington, DC. NAMI advocates, as a recognized voice on mental illness, on a local, state and national level. Funding is from fundraising and membership only. All resources are open to the public and are free of charge, including recovery classes at Cape Cod Community College. Cape Cod NAMI collaborates with other organizations here on Cape Cod, including the Veterans Affairs, to reach out to families and veterans affected by PTSD following combat or military exposure. For more information about NAMI please refer to their website by clicking HERE .
Latham Centers, located in Brewster and Orleans, has a residential and private day school that services students ages 8-22 in need of a highly skilled professional team of experts. Their students often have troubled histories, survived trauma, are developmentally delayed, exhibit emotional behavioral challenges and include those living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). PWS is a genetic disorder that manifests with uncontrollable appetite, limited motors skills, mild to moderate retardation, and compulsive behaviors. The Center provides services and support to children and adults living with this life- threatening genetic disorder and families in the community. Please refer to the Latham School website for more information HERE .
NAMI and Latham Centers offer much needed support and education to individuals and families dealing with enormous challenges. They are instrumental in achieving a healthier life for those living with these illnesses, and in creating a better Cape Cod community.
To support Sumner’s Halloween run, checks can be made out to Latham/NAMI Marathon Fundraiser and mailed Attn: Charles Sumner, 14 Herring Brook Lane, Brewster, MA 02631.
Donations can also be made through PayPal by clicking HERE . Donation through PayPal will be deposited into an account at the First Citizen Federal Credit Union in the name of both these organizations. Monies will be distributed equally between the two groups unless specified by the donor.