For many months now, the Batch family has been working hard planning and organizing their first 5K Run/Walk for Meso in memory of Gary Batch, benefiting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. On Saturday, September 22, 2012, their hard work will come to fruition as they welcome runners and walkers to this family friendly event in Waterford, CT.
Starting at Waterford Beach Park and stretching along the coast of Long Island Sound, this run/walk was entirely inspired by the loss the Batch family suffered. Gary Batch was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and Waterford was the town where he resided and raised his family. With this race, the family wanted to carry on his memory but also to give back, just as Gary did his entire life. He was the epitome of a selfless man.
After serving our country in the Navy, right out of high school, Gary spent his life protecting the local community as a firefighter, while at the same time volunteering his time to serve as president of the New London Firefighters Union for 16 years. He also shared his passion of sports with the youth of Waterford by coaching and contributing his time to the preteen basketball and little league organizations. These are just a few examples of how Gary spent his time to give back to the community.
The Batch’s hope to get a good turn-out of our family and friends participating, along with those in the community who either want to come out for a good time, or to support a great cause.
“We think everyone will not only enjoy the course, but the food and raffle prizes after as well. In general, we are looking to use multiple avenues to raise money and awareness for mesothelioma,” says the Batch family.
More information about the race is available at http://www.garybatch5k.org/
To donate in support of the race and in memory of Gary Batch, please visit: http://www.curemeso.org/fundraising/garybatchmesocampaign
If you don’t live in Connecticut, but would like to find an event to support around Mesothelioma Awareness Day, click here to view our list of upcoming community events.