Saturday, April 29, 2017
Race Start: 9am
Kid Races: 10am (for children up to 12 years of age)
Walk Start: 10:20am
East Oreland Neighborhood Park (Twining and Wischman Road)
Oreland, PA 19075
About The Race
The East Oreland Neighborhood Association presents the annual Oreland 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk the Loop. The event is being planned to benefit the Histiocytosis Association in honor of Aiden Coyne, an Oreland resident.
Since 2009 the Oreland 5k has raised over $60,000 for the Histiocytosis Association. Feedback from the participants last year was extremely positive noting how the event was fun for everyone and well organized. From the runners at the 5K, to the walkers with baby joggers for the 1 mile walk, to the toddlers who each earned their very own medal at the kids ½ mile, the event was truly fun for the whole family.
The 5K race will run on the mostly flat course with several gradual hills through East Oreland neighborhood beginning at Twining and Wischman Road. There will be Professional timing by Pretzel City Sports, Music, and food, top runner awards, water station and rest facilities.
The race will benefit the Histiocytosis Association in honor of Aiden Coyne. Aiden was diagnosed at 17 months with a rare blood disease called Langerhan Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Histiocytosis attacks the skin, bones, lungs, liver, spleen, gums, ears, eyes, and/or the central nervous system. Because this disease is so rare, there is no government-supported funding and therefore, little research is done to find the cause and cure for LCH. Aiden was affected by the disease in his Liver, lungs, skin, bone, and eyes. Aiden received chemotherapy for over 6 years to help “control” the LCH from spreading and doing more damage. In 2009 the disease moved to Aiden’s eye. Aiden had to undergo eye radiation for 4 days. Then in 2010 the doctors told us that they had to place him on the liver transplant list as there was nothing else they could do to save his liver. Aiden, on March 1, 2011, received a new liver. Today Aiden is doing great. He is growing and getting stronger each day! Having the Oreland 5k helps us spread the word about this horrible disease.
Aiden is a beautiful and loving child. As parents we want to protect him and find a cure for this terrible and unpredictable disease. We want Aiden to grow up to be a strong, happy, and healthy man who can play sports with other children, go to college and have a successful career. Donating and supporting the HAA’s pledge to find a reason and cure for this will ensure that Aiden and all the other children around the world with have that chance.
To learn more about the East Oreland Neighborhood Association and the 5K race visit www.oreland5k.org.