Kevin's Team at the GE/Petit Family 5K Road Race

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"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)

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comment by Guest - Jul 29, 2010 - back to the top

Kevin is a wonderful friend, loving father of twin girls, athletic ;struck down by a terrible disease, the love of his friends, neighbors and community , in the giving of their time to help with daily care, meals, transportation for kevins daughters, and support to his wife diane and family has renewed my faith in the goodness and decency of men and woman. truly a modern day miracle. joseph a. rosa md.

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

Kevin and Diane, Sidney and Jaqueline are an inspiration to everyone around them. Diane has embraced the power of prayer from many all over the world. This family has brought medical professionals, clergy, spiritual leaders, holistic healers, prayer angels, as well as neighbors, friends and relatives together in a common goal of healing for Kevin. I agree with Dr. Rosa, it truly is a modern day miracle. Marilyn Faber

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

Kevin's family has shown great strength during this unrelenting, rapid course of illness. Diane is an inspiraton to all, maintaining a positive attitude, sharing her and Kevin's strong and infectious faith in God and the potential for Miracles.While providing expert and loving nursing care for Kevin, she and Jackie and Syd are doing their best to mantain normalcy in their family life- the girls continue with their activities and pursue the talents that have always made their Dad so proud. I, too, believe that in the face of this tragedy, we are experiencing the often lost blessing of goodness and decency, and are witnessing a moderm day miracle, as noted by friend, Joe

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

This is an example of when bad things happen to good people, but their goodness helps them to move through it and inspires others...Kevin and Diane and their family and friends are in our family's thoughts and prayers every day - Arthur & Jennifer Stritch

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

Kevin, Diane, Sydney and Jacquelyn have embraced this trial with courage, grace and dignity. While we pray for the "big" miracle of a complete cure, God blesses us with small miracles each and every day. The power of prayer and love cannot be denied! It's a blessing to be part of this family and to be given the opportunity to help when needed. Eileen McCann

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

As Kevin's cousin who lives in Florida, I am so grateful for all of our family & Kevin's friends who have been able to help Diane & the girls with Kevin's care! I wish I could do something to help but, like everyone else, I pray for a miracle to happen! The best best decision Kevin ever made was marrying Diane! She has shown us all the true meaning of "in sickness & in health"! Just last weekend, Kevin's cousins Eileen & Terry along with myself & our spouses had dinner at Kouzzina's in Walt Disney World. This was the same spot we had dinner with Kevin & Diane & the girls in Jan. a few days after they had completed the Disney 1/2 Marathon. Who would of thought that life could change so quickly? We toasted Kevin last Saturday night & I just appreciate the fact that I was able to be with him for that Dinner in January! We all need to cherish each & every moment with one another because life can change so quickly!

comment by Guest - Jul 30, 2010 - back to the top

Go team! love, Allyson, Gene and family

comment by Guest - Jul 31, 2010 - back to the top

Anna and I wish Kevin only the best and we pray for some divine intervention. He is a such a nice, humble guy and it is sad that this disease has taken hold of him. The comments about the support and love shown by his wife and family and friends are inspiring. Perhaps there is a miracle out there. John F Henry.