Medina Journal-Register — The Arc of Orleans County 19th Annual 5K Run/Walk is set to begin on May 5.
This 5K Run/Walk began in 1995, when Brian Murray of Newfane, an avid runner, wanted to help raise money for The Arc. Murray chose The Arc because it helped his niece, Nicole Tuohey.
Nicole was born with Triple X Syndrome, a genetic disorder that created some developmental challenges for her. When she was three weeks old, her doctor said she might not walk, talk, read, write, do math or ride a bike.
She was enrolled in Rainbow Preschool, a service offered by The Arc of Orleans County, at 3 months of age. While there, the special education teachers and the speech, occupational, and physical therapists all helped her reach her developmental milestones. Without the early intervention and continued support of The Arc, her parents believe she would not be the social, enthusiastic young woman she has become.
Nicole will be 32 years old in May and is still actively involved with The Arc. She has volunteered and walked in all 18 run/walks and will walk again this year. She bowls in the Vintage Bowling League that The Arc sponsors and volunteers at the golf tournament and Signature Series event.
She was awarded the The Arc of Orleans County Community Service award for 2006. She currently attends the Day Hab program run by The Arc. She volunteers weekly at Case-Nic Cookies, The Book Shoppe and Fringe.
The event she helped inspire takes place at the Sacred Heart Club, 189 North Gravel Road in Medina. Registration is 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and the run begins at 2 p.m.
The Post-Race Party will take place immediately after the run with “Cookie Awards” for Overall Male and Female runners and for first, second, and third place in each age group.
Pre-register for $15 or pay $18 on race day.For more information, call Case-Nic Cookies at (585) 798-1676 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available at Case-Nic Cookies or can be downloaded at www.arcoforleans.org.
All proceeds benefit The Arc of Orleans County, a not-for-profit organization that has been assisting children and adults with disabilities for over 40 years. Both the walk and run begin take place along the Erie Canal Towpath. Runners will go west, walkers to the east.