Project Parent MD

Volley for Mitchell successful in fifth year

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

¡ Love this volleyball tourney!  by BETH ALTENA According to organizer Pete MacGregor, this year’s competition included 50-plus teams and added a whopping $12,300 to the dollars for Project Parent MD, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The total for the five years of Volley for Mitchell is pushing $42,000 to Project Parent MD. This year there were 180 players ranging in age from 10 to over 50. “We will take any age and skill level,” MacGregor said. The event is an offshoot of the ever-popular and ever-growing Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, in its 13th year. Named after Rockford resident Mitchell Peterson, now a 10th-grade student, the run has raised $625,000 over the past 12 years. Mitchell was diagnosed at a young age with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most devastating form of the disease, which always afflicts young boys. Over the years, Mitchell’s Run has become a huge event in Rockford and has raised awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the need to find a cure. “We are very thrilled with this year’s event,” said MacGregor. MacGregor, who is a former neighbor to the Peterson family, came up with the idea of Volley for Mitchell five years ago. He said not everyone is a runner, and he wanted to offer an alternative way to support the good cause of the Parent Project MD. The Score Restaurant was first to provide a venue for the competition, and MacGregor said he is very grateful for early supporters as well as new supporters—including AT&T, Integrated Strategies Inc., Walmart and St. Mary’s, who are all onboard for the first time this year. With clear skies and beautiful, if hot, weather, Volley for Mitchell went smoothly with youngest competitors playing at North Rockford Middle School and adults ending the day’s competition at The Score. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is racing right up and is scheduled for August 20. The run is a 5K run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race is a family-fun event with live bands, music and a radio feed from LAV. Those not into running will nevertheless enjoy the one-of-a-kind day in downtown Rockford. They can cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line at the Squires Street bridge, purchase […]

Mitchell’s Run, picnic, auction this weekend in Rockford

August 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Annual event has raised over half a million for Project Parent MD by BETH ALTENA This weekend area residents—and runners from as far away as Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom—have the chance to be part of something big—and have a great time in downtown Rockford. The eleventh annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 15. It is a five K run/walk, but those who don’t care to pound the pavement will still find plenty to do. The day’s events also include a kids run at 9:30 a.m.. a silent auction which ends at 10:30 a.m. and a family picnic held on the banks of the Rogue River at Garden Club park. There will be music, vendor booths and a nice opportunity to enjoy Rockford’s inviting downtown. Eleven years ago Sandy and Steve Peterson, along with a group of friends, organized the first Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford as a way to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Their son, Mitchell, had recently been diagnosed with the disease. At that time he was only three. Now in its eleventh year, the five K run/walk, kids run, silent auction and family picnic has surpassed all expectations and become one of Rockford’s most well-attended annual events. Last year Mitchell’s Run generated an amazing donation of $74,000 for Project Parent MD, an organization that is working to find a cure for Duchenne. The total puts donations in Mitchell’s name at well over a half million dollars for the ten years. As importantly, the Rockford run has been a leader in educating people about the disease. “From the beginning it has been as much about education as fund raising,” said Sandy Peterson. She said she’d be surprised if there was a person in Rockford who has not heard of the disease, which strikes only boys and worldwide afflicts one in every 3,500. There is no cure for the disease—yet. “I think people are more likely to know, if they see a boy in a wheelchair, that it might be Duchenne,” Sandy said. Here in West Michigan there are 35 to 50 boys with the disease. The Peterson’s attribute the success of the event to the town, the merchants, the volunteers and the community. “We literally take over […]