It’s Always a Good Day When You’re Supporting a Great Cause
ONE Senior Project Manager Brad White weathered wicked temperatures and a cold rain at the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon to support a worthy cause, the Kyle Pease Foundation.
The foundation creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for people with disabilities by helping meet their individual needs through sports.
White was among a four-person team that competed in the 13.1-mile event on Feb. 27, a wet, 45-degree morning. Each of the men took turns pushing the wheelchair of 10-year-old Kaitlyn Wright, the daughter of Jeff Wright, a longtime friend of White’s.
Team Kaitlyn raised $1,350 for the Foundation, far exceeding their goal of $700. Several of White’s friends, family, and coworkers at ONE contributed to the fundraiser.
“It’s truly special when your coworkers get involved like that,” White said.
White is an avid runner who often competes in Tough Mudder events but pushing the wheelchair three separate times for a mile, including mile 12, made for a rigorous morning.
“The worst weather I’ve ever run in,” he said. Rain rarely let up during the two hours and 10 minutes it took to complete the race. Pushing the wheelchair was especially challenging on the hills, which often required the four men to work as one unit.
Despite the conditions and clothing that felt as if it weighed 100 pounds by the end of the morning, White left the race inspired by the heavy participation and those who lined the sidewalks to cheer on the runners.
“It was great to see so many people come out with umbrellas and signs,” he said.
The flagship event exceeded its goal, raising $107,369 thanks to 483 donations.