Welcome, 5K recruits!

Grace Burton, far right, and Sonali Pai, second from right, fifth graders at the Mt. Prospect Elementary School in Basking Ridge, NJ, are planning to run in the 5K Race at Miles for Matheny. So they decided to visit Matheny to familiarize themselves with our mission of caring for and treating children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.

Burton and Pai were recruited by three members of the Ridge High School track team, from left, Katie Winter, Karly Koelmel and Hannah Broos, who have formed TEAM Kids to raise funds for Miles. During the trip to Matheny, all five visited with adult patient Jessica Evans. As of April 6, TEAM Kids had raised $1,975.

The 15th annual Miles for Matheny is being held Sunday, April 22, at Liberty Park in downtown Peapack. In addition to the 5K, activities include five Cycling Courses, a Kids Fun Run and the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk in which more than 100 wheelchair participants, with walking partners, travel 1.5 miles around town. All funds raised will help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to Matheny inpatients and people with disabilities in the community.

Major Miles for Matheny sponsors include: Poses Family Foundation, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, Archer & Greiner, P.C., BP Fueling Communities, WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880, Partlow Insurance Agency, Peapack-Gladstone Bank and Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

For more information or to register, log onto www.milesformatheny.org; to support TEAM Kids, click on Search for Participant and type in the team name.