John Crosby and His Legacy
Each birthday is a gift wrapped up in itself”, and the best birthday gift is having the opportunity to “grow older”
--Paula Crosby-Flake (John's mom)
The Lawton Run-a-thon is a fundraiser to benefit the Lawton Elementary PTO (Ann Arbor) and the John Crosby Memorial Foundation (supporting families affected by childhood cancer). John Crosby was a student at Lawton Elementary who passed away in 2001 at the age of 8. John's family (pictured above) started this fundraising event to continue to support John's elementary school and other families affected by childhood cancers. Since 2002, the foundation has raised over $200,000 that have gone toward supporting children and their families. Learn more about John and his life and legacy here. A few examples of the programs and activities that the foundation supports are...
The Run-a-thon Fundraiser
Children, their families and friends are invited to participate in the event by registering and collecting donations for their 1 mile run or walk around the neighborhood of Lawton Elementary. After, join us for a picnic dinner and dancing!
Fun on the Course!
The Lawton Run-a-thon has "color"! The runners/walkers will be tossed with color three times during the course. The color is non-toxic and eco friendly color powder (don't worry, the color is safe!). The runners can easily run around the color tossing if they prefer not to participate. In addition, they will be sprinkled with silly string once (again, they can run-around it).
Registration is a MUST!
All runners (children and their families) must register to participate in the run/walk event. All registered participants will receive a bib number on the day of the race. You must have a bib number to run/walk. You may also register the day of the event and bring in any funds that your child raised from donations. There are two ways to register. 1) Online (and collection donations online) or 2) Hardcopy form (coming home with kids on Sept. 15th) and collect donations via cash and check.
Official T-Shirts Purchase Before the Run-a-thon
You are encouraged to purchase the official race t-shirts (design inspired by Lawton students!). Preorders must be in no later than September 16th in order to guarantee a t-shirt for race day! You can purchase one at our online store. T-shirts will be distributed Thursday October 5th in your child's classroom.
Please keep in mind that this is a fundraiser and we hope that your child and/or your family will collect donations for the Lawton PTO and John Crosby Foundation. Please send your child's fundraising page to family and friends asking them to donate (they can write in your family or child's name to donate in support of). You are also welcome to collect checks that will go toward your child's class total (Checks to Lawton PTO--in memo write Runathon and name of child's teacher)
There will be food for sale at the event. There will be hotdogs ($3), veggie dogs ($3), chips ($1), cookies ($1), Sno-cones ($1), Popcorn ($1) and drinks ($1) available for purchase. All proceeds from the picnic go toward our charities!
We will have a professional DJ leading us in some fun song and dance (with family friendly music)! Be ready to get your groove-on!