Hope Flies – Walk for Abby Raises $50,000
Hope Flies – Walk for Abby, the third annual 3 mile walk and fundraiser to honor local Broad Brook resident Abby Sauerhoefer and the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, was held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Broad Brook Elementary School and raised $50,000 for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. Abby, age 5, is the daughter of Carol and Joseph Sauerhoefer and suffers from mitochondrial disease.
The Sauerhoefer family raised money through both registrations for the walk and through corporate and individual sponsorships from the local community.
“We are so thrilled that the community supports our event each year,” said organizer Carol Sauerhoefer. “We’re glad to do our part to raise awareness and raise important funds for research for treatments of mitochondrial disease.”
Examples of heartwarming community support include 7th-grade students at Vernon Center Middle School. After reading to Abby for an afternoon, the students held a Hat Day fundraiser at their school and raised more than $600 to donate to the Foundation. Additionally, local Girl Scout Troop donated a portion of proceeds from their cookie sales to the effort.
The event included a 3-mile walk, a raffle of fun prizes, face painting, entertainment and refreshments. Event “Angel” sponsors included Southern Auto Sales Inc., The Littlest Bake Shoppe, Peerless Tool & Machine Company, New York Yankees, Atlas Copco Compressors and Drs. Whiteley & Daslia, D.M.D., LLC. Local television meteorologist Joe Furey of FOX Connecticut TV served as emcee for the event.
“The Foundation is grateful for the commitment and energy the Sauerhoefer family gives to the Hope Flies – Walk for Abby each year,” said Laura Stanley, executive director for the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. “We rely on fundraisers like these to help make mitochondrial disease more of a household name and to direct funds for treatment-oriented research.”
All proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. For more information on mitochondrial disease and the relationship of mitochondrial dysfunction with many common diseases, like Autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s and more, please visit the foundation’s website at www.mitchondrialdiseasesorg.