On a picturesque Saturday morning Feb. 3, more than 700 community members came out to partake in the ninth annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation (“MTF”) 5K Run/Walk. An MTF record $150,719 was raised from community-minded sponsors and individuals to support families with children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions and help them with financial, emotional and resource assistance.
Themed around these Warrior Children who fight for their lives daily, the event also witnessed a patriotic sky dive demonstration, many family activities, 50 vendors and a great performance by the Dr. Dr. Band. And, of course, some of the families that MTF assists were there to thank all the participants and express how much the incredible support provided by the Mitchell Thorp Foundation means to them.
“It is always an emotional day, but, more than anything, it is inspiring,” noted MTF Co-Founder and CEO, Brad Thorp. “Those families are fighting every day and we know how hard it is. When we needed this community most, they stepped up and we are honored to be able to give back to them each and every year through this event and our year-round activities.”
The funds raised from the event will benefit the families who find themselves in these situations. One of the most astounding facts about MTF drives home the impact of this past weekend – more than 90 percent of all funds raised go directly to the programs to assist these families.
“We are incredibly proud of how much we are able to give directly to the families,” noted MTF Co-Founder and Executive Director, Beth Thorp.
The event was once again made possible by the support of sponsors, including The Planning Center, Independent Financial Group, DATRON, NRG Energy, Skydive San Diego and ViaSat.
“There is so much need out there in San Diego and our vision to increase the number of families we are able to assist,” added Beth.
Donations are accepted year round on the MTF website to help meet the needs of the children and their families. More information, including other ways to support these children and families, can also be found at mitchellthorp.org.