"Kevin's Team ran (and some walked!) the GE/Petit Family 5K Road Race in honor of Kevin Sheehan, a fellow runner who is battling Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million people per year worldwide; in the United States there are about 200 cases per year. (It was an extremely hot morning, but thankfully, we were wearing our CustomInk wicking T-Shirts.)
We walk/run the GE/Petit Family Road Race every year to support the Petit Family Foundation. (Dr. Bill Petit was a childhood friend and is now a professional colleage.) Here's a little history on the Petit Family Foundation:
The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by
continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation's funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses, and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
After a home invasion on July 23, 2007, Jennifer Hawke, Hayley Elizabeth, and Michaela Rose Petit tragically lost their lives. Hayley, and later on Michaela, were dedicated to community service and
charitable giving, especially with the MS Society in support of their mother's illness. After their deaths, the Foundation was created as a means of continuing on their work and spirit."
- Kevin's Team (Jul 24, 2010)