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Miles of Love and Support

The scene at 23 Mendham Road, from left,
Laura and Leah Simpson, Morgan and
Debbie Infusino and Spencer Sorge.

“Finally, it’s not pouring rain or 51 degrees. You earned this.” With those words, Wayne Cabot, news anchor for WCBS Newsradio 880, sent the 5K runners on their way during the 17th annual Miles for Matheny, Matheny‚Äôs annual fundraiser and community event, held Sunday, June 1, at Liberty Park in Peapack. The weather, as Cabot indicated, was perfect. But so was the atmosphere and overall sense of community spirit, highlighted by the festivities at 23 Mendham Road, located along the route of the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk in Peapack-Gladstone. Spearheaded by Heather Santoro, who lives there with her family, that stop, just before the home stretch of the 1.5-mile journey, served as an incredible rallying point for the wheelchair participants, their friends, families and caregivers when they saw signs that read, “We Love Matheny” and “Roll On Matheny”,  and heard the enthusiastic cheering and noisemaking.

Chuck Matheny leads the Lu Huggins
Wheelchair Walk down Main Street.

The day, which also included five cycling routes and a kids fun run, attracted an outpouring of supporters from several communities.  And, all the running, walking and cycling, as Cabot and WCBS-TV meteorologist Elise Finch reminded everyone, was being done for one purpose:  to 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 possible medical, dental and therapy care.

See Complete Miles for Matheny Photo Album on Matheny's Facebook page

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