Red Nose Run funds awarded

Al Bernotas, Stephanie Rudeen, Amanda Thompson, Wendy Lethin, Esther Rilea, Richard Wenrick (Photo: Jon Clark)
Al Bernotas, Stephanie Rudeen, Amanda Thompson, Wendy Lethin, Esther Rilea, Richard Wenrick (Photo: Jon Clark)

On Jan. 11 at Crepes and Corks wine bar and restaurant in Del Mar, the Low and Slow Running Club presented checks to Wendy Lethin benefiting Semper Fi Injured Marines and to Amanda Thompson benefiting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.

The money was generated by the Red Nose Run. Both charity representatives expressed their appreciation for the support of the running club and community. Amanda described the journey of one of the kids of Fresh Start who suffered socially from a brown birth mark that was so large it covered most of his face and part of his neck. He was the subject of ridicule from his classmates and even their parents. He lived an isolated life until Fresh Start began the process of reconstruction. After many surgeries, and a few years later, this young man’s life has blossomed and he is so grateful he participates now with Fresh Start to help other less fortunate kids.

Wendy shared her all-too familiar story of a young Marine family. The husband, a Marine in his early 20s, his wife, 18, and a new baby. The Marine returned from Afghanistan after losing his limbs in battle. The wife did all she could to be there for her husband and baby but at one point called for help to the Semper Fi as she was beyond overwhelmed. The Semper Fi, within hours, paid for a flight for the young woman’s mother to come to San Diego to help her daughter with the enormous adjustments. Semper Fi also provided immediate counseling, child care. and other special needs.

Photos: Jon Clark

   
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