On June 16, 2018, the first Run With Veronica was held in Spring Lake, NJ, exceeding all expectations. The run featured a 5K run or a 1 mile fun run/walk event, raising a staggering $44,500. All of the proceeds from the event went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for childhood cancer research, specifically for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
This event was incredibly successful due to the extraordinary efforts from the NJ State Police, the Borough of Spring Lake, the Spring Lake Police Department, Saint Catharine School, Trinity Hall, all of our sponsors and volunteers. There was also a tremendous turnout from the community with close to 1500 participants. Because of this, we were able to raise enough money to make a significant contribution.
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Veronica, her family, and Race Committee Members: Al Ponenti, Kevin Byrne, Mike Zimmerman, Kevin Walsh, Rob Shaughnessey and Steve Hodgins traveled to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to deliver the proceeds from the race. There, Veronica handed over the earnings to her Oncologist, Dr. Aplenc, and hospital representatives. They were amazed at the outpouring of support and generosity from our community. Thanks to all involved, Veronica achieved her goal to bring doctors one step closer to help kids fight cancer!