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Miles for Matheny:
Banner Day for Mendham Road

From left, Isabelle, Sophia and Heather
Santoro with Matheny student Shane Szott.

Heather Santoro, a resident of Gladstone, looks forward every year to the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk at Miles for Matheny because the wheelchair participants and their walking partners go right past her home on Mendham Road. In fact, she spoke out at a Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council meeting in December 2011 in favor of moving the event back to town from the nearby Natirar county park. “I’ve been waiting two years for the Miles for Matheny event to return to Peapack-Gladstone,” she said. “If the event cannot be held in town, it will not be as special.”

The Santoros usually have a party on the day of Miles, inviting friends and neighbors to their house to cheer the Matheny students and patients on as they pass by. But this year Heather Santoro is going the extra mile, so to speak. Her family is going to be making Miles for Matheny banners, and she is going to urge her neighbors on Mendham Road to do the same. Santoro plans to distribute a flyer in the neighborhood, and there may even be a contest to see who can make the most creative banner.

From left,Heather Santoro with Matheny
director of occupational therapy Donna
Kelly and student Jacob Rolaf.

Santoro grew up in Peapack-Gladstone and moved back as an adult about 10 years ago. She visited Matheny recently with her daughters, six-year-old Isabelle, a first grader at the Bedwell School in Bernardsville, and nine-year-old Sophia, a Bedwell third grader.  Both plan to participate in the Kids Fun Run at Miles for Matheny, and Heather’s husband Chris will be running in the 5K.  The girls are also going to taking part in a special program at The Matheny School that invites them to read to some of the Matheny students.  Other plans include a possible softball game.

All funds raised at Miles for Matheny support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, where more than 800 of New Jersey’s children, teens and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities have access to the best medical, dental and therapy care possible.Major sponsors for this year’s Miles for Matheny include the Poses Family Foundation, the Golub Family, Partlow Insurance, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC Attorneys at Law, BP Fueling Communities, Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc., WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880.  For more information or to register, log onto or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.

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