Miles for Matheny Moves Back Downtown


Chuck Matheny and friends in the
Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk.

“I’ve been there in years past  when it was rainy, and there’s almost a camaraderie in being able to brave those elements.”  That comment by WCBS-TV news anchor Don Dahler on his Saturday morning newscast the day before Miles for Matheny (see Video Spotlight on the homepage) would prove to be prophetic.  It did rain on Sunday, April 22, but, as Bedminster, NJ, resident Trish Mannion pointed out, “The whole community came out and supported this wonderful cause. Thank you for letting our family be part of such a wonderful day!” 

Thanks also to Peapack-Gladstone for inviting us to use the gymnasium in the municipal building as a gathering place for all the wheelchair participants, who, otherwise, would have had to be outside.  In fact, there was a party atmosphere in the gym as volunteers, Matheny staff members and families joined the Matheny students and patients to wait for the start of the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, which returned to downtown Peapack after a two-year hiatus at Natirar Park.


Matheny student Bryan Desatnick with
his father Lloyd, left, and mother Edana,
right, who share a laugh with CBS 2's
Otis Livingston and his son Marquis.

In addition to the Wheelchair Walk, Miles activities included a 5K run, five different cycling routes and a kids fun run, all followed by a rain-shortened picnic. CBS 2 sports anchor Otis Livingston kicked off the Wheelchair Walk and WCBS Newsradio 880’s Wayne Cabot sent the 5K runners on their way.

Miles for Matheny, according to Steve Proctor, Matheny president, is a day that, “our patients, students and their families look forward to with great anticipation, and it was particularly meaningful this year because we returned to downtown Peapack.  We could not have had such a successful event without the help and cooperation of the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone.  The police and fire departments, public works department and mayor’s office all went the extra mile, so to speak, to make sure we had a safe and inspiring day.  I’d also like to thank all the volunteers, Matheny staff members and other participants from the community for coming out on a less than perfect day to support us.”


From left, Courtney Smith, Reagan
Thomson and Jordan Smith of Bedminster
and Jamie Moschetto of Peapack in the
gym with adult patient Rasheedah Mahali.

All funds raised at Miles for Matheny help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to Matheny inpatients and to people with disabilities in the community.  Donations are still being accepted at www.milesformatheny.org.  

Major Miles sponsors are:  The Poses Family Foundation; Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation; Archer & Greiner, P.C.; BP Fueling Communities; WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880; Partlow Insurance Agency; Peapack-Gladstone Bank; and Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

For more Miles for Matheny photos, see Matheny's Facebook page.