Dear race participants and supporters,
As race director, I am proud to be dedicating this event again to Anthony M. Capobianco and his family. Over the past year, since meeting Anthony's family, I have become close with them on a personal level. Understanding the pain they feel and how this event brings joy, comfort and happiness to them is hard to explain but it truly helps with some healing.
Anthony was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 3 and by the time he turned 12, Anthony was wheelchair-bound.
I have come to know Anthony through his mother and know that dogs touched his heart deeply, He couldn't stand the thought of a dog being hungry, abused or without a good loving home. He would save his money from birthdays and holidays to make a donation each year, in hopes the money would bring some happiness to a dog in need. Anthony passed away in March, 2015, at the young age of 36.
It is heartwarming to know one of Anthony's dreams continues to live on - saving dogs. I hope you can take a moment to say hello to Anthony's family and wish them well.
Thank you for supporting this event - it means so much to so many.
Cheryl Grese, Race Director/Organizer
OPH Volunteer, Heartworm Coordinator,
Adoption Coordinator, Frederick Event Lead