More than 900 community members came out to partake in the 10th Annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation (“MTF”) Warrior Spirit 5K Run/Walk and Family Festival held Feb. 2 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. $142,000 was raised from community-minded sponsors and individuals to support families with children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions and help them with financial, emotional and resource support.
The event, which was themed around these Warrior Children who fight for their lives daily, featured many family and children activities, 25 different health and wellness vendors, SD Padre Friar & Pad Squad, along with a great performance by the Dr. Dr. Band. Families gave inspirational talks to express thanks and how much the incredible support provided by the Mitchell Thorp Foundation means to them.
“It is always an emotional day, but, more than anything, it is inspiring,” noted MTF Co-Founder and CEO Brad Thorp. “These children are fighting every day for their tomorrow, and we know how hard it is. When we needed this community most, they stepped up to help us out 12 years ago and now we are giving back to other children and families in need.”
The funds raised from the event will go toward programs: Medical & Home Assistance, Healing & Rehabilitation and Wheelchair Conversion Van programs to benefit the families who find themselves in desperate situations. More than 96 percent of all funds raised at the event go directly to the programs to assist these families.
“We are incredibly proud of how much we are able to give directly to the families,” noted MTF Co-Founder and Executive Director Beth Thorp.
The event was once again made possible by the support of sponsors including: Independent Financial Group, The Planning Center, Aethercomm, DATRON, and The Gym.
“There is so much need out there, MTF has tripled in growth in the number of children and families needing assistance. Our vision is to increase the numbers we are able to assist and grow with staffing in the process,” added Beth.
Donations are accepted year-round on the MTF website to help meet the needs of the children and their families. More information can be found at mitchellthorp.org.