Serving Other Souls (S.O.S.), a non-profit organization comprised of students from Franklin Regional Middle School, presents the 7th Annual "Miles of Smiles" 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, May 30th at Boyce Park Ski Lodge. Registration booths open at 7:30 AM, and the 5K starting at 9 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Walk starting at 9:05 a.m. Awards ceremony will take place by 10:15 AM. Register for the race online at: www.race360.com/17960 or print out a registration form at www.servingothersouls.org/sossmiles.htm. You can also sign up for one of the over 120-some volunteer opportunities at the event at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/5859315420105 (just enter a valid email to create an account so that volunteer sign ups and details are sent to your email)
Over the last six races, the Miles of Smiles 5K, aka the "Miles of Smiles for Sunny" events have raised over $75,000 for its race namesake, Sunny Carney, and others fighting terminal or life-altering, degenerate diseases. Sunny's legacy of fighting an incurable disease with grace, dignity, and courage is what made her a living legend in this and other communities. Over the last six years, the Miles of Smiles 5K net proceed's have benefited families of Sunny Carney, Lorri Nixon, and Kristin Croyle, Bruce Linhart, and Susan Pinal.
To honor the memory of Sunny, Kristin, and Susan, and the fight that Lorri endures, SOS has found an old friend and a non-profit that continue to witness courage in the face of terrible hardships. The net proceeds of the 7th Annual Miles of Smiles 5K will be split (50/50) to benefit the famiy of Lorri Nixon and the Miracle League of Western PA.
Lorri Nixon and her family were recipients of one-third of the net proceeds from the 2012 Miles of Smiles for the Gals 5K. Lorri's family respectfully declined a portion of the net proceeds in 2013 since they felt Plum families has been so good to them during her continuing struggle through leukemia. Lorri was the person who suggested that SOS reach out to the family of Susan Pinal (see above) to determine if the Pinal family would consider a portion of the net proceeds. This is just one of countless example of love for others that Lorri Nixon and her family has witnessed to her friends, family, and the Serving Other Souls organization. We are in awe of her courage and SOS believes that Lorri Nixon is a true American hero.
Lorri Nixon is a mom of three who is battling Leukemia. She and her husband Tom reside in Plum Borough with their son and two daughters. Lorri suffered a cerebral aneursym in 1996 and developed hard to control seizures after the surgery. In 2007, Lorri had a mini-stroke and they discovered she had a serious blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. She then developed Leukemia. She has undergone many blood transfusions, rounds of chemotherapy and clinical trials and they have not been able to get her into remission. Lorri has also endured a great amount of bone pain, physical exhaustion, and long periods of isolation due to a compromised immune system. She was an elementary teacher and reading specialist before she became ill and has tutored many children in our community. Lorri has a strong faith in God and cherishes each day she has with her family.
The Miracle League of Western PA has an amazing website that will answer any questions you have about this non-profit and why SOS has decided to offer 50% of our net race proceeds to this organization. You can view their site at: http://www.mlwpa.org/about/mission/
You can view more of the stories or pictures of each family that SOS has donated to or is donating towards at our race website, www.servingothersouls.org/sossmiles.htm
Our 5K and 1 Mile Walk is more than a sporting event, it is more like a carnival atmosphere. We will have a Chinese auction with tons of themed basket that in past years have included Samsung smart phones and tablets. SOS will be selling donated baked goods at our bake sale that includes coffee from Dunkin Donuts. We look forward to spending time with you on May 30 to share in the joy of witnessing to each other that we can make a difference in the lives of others if we offer our time, talent, or treasure.