Moving for a cause
by Joycelyne Fadojutimi
The crowd at Boorman Trail wore “Move for a Cause” t-shirts at the recent event to support Neal McCoy’s East Texas Angel Network in its objective of helping East Texas sick children. Participants ran and walked a course to raise money for the cause. Event organizer Julie Woods of the Julie Woods and Associates Real Estate Firm expressed her gratitude and admiration for runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors who make possible this annual event possible. She likened the run to French wine, because it improves every year.
“I am so thrilled with the community response supporting these kids,” she said while also expressing how thankful she was for the ideal weather.
Dr. Quentin Woods, opened the event with a prayer of thanksgiving as it commenced at 8:15 a.m. A five-kilometer run preceded a one-mile jaunt. Both were followed by walkers and their canine family members. There were other activities.
Elle Woods delighted attending children by painting their faces with lovely designs. Many danced to the tunes belted out by a jamming sound box, and most took advantage of the delectable selection of goodies provided by event sponsors. Happy T the Clown was on hand to further entertain children. There was even a massage booth for runners and walkers who felt the pain of their exertions. Everybody won, but some won more than others.
Scott Ward won the trophy for coming in first in the five-kilometer run male division. Colby Hatchett came in second, and nine-year-old Ryland Roedel was third. In the five-kilometer female division Julie Forrester pulled down first place, Renee Ward came in second, and Pam McKintosh was third.
Grayson Kovacs-Walker has benefitted from the Angel Network. He came to the run with his father, who told the crowd, “The Angel Network is a lifesaver. They help us pay for many needs that benefit our son. We just want to say thank-you.”
Founder Musician and Entertainer Neal McCoy was unable to attend, but his daughter Niki Dougherty serves as Angel Network administrator. She made clear the priceless nature of the event and how blessed so many are by those who make it possible.
“We are grateful to Julie Woods and the organizers.” she said. “We do not have time to put on another event with all that we already do, so when someone comes along and helps us to do what we do with an event like this we cannot do anything or say much except to be overwhelmed with gratitude. This event is great, and we are very grateful.”
The Angel Network thusly describes its mission:
“We are committed to the enhancement of the lives of the children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening disease. We are resolved, through fundraising activities, to provide financial assistance for living expenses and related costs to the children of East Texas and their families in order to enhance the quality of life for child