You never know when illness or injury is going to strike a child in your life or the life of someone you know. The Action For Distraction 5K was started when a 10 year old from Long Valley realized the importance of being distracted while in the hospital. Zach Rice was in perfect health one minute, and spent the next two years in and out of hospitals with a rare septic hip infection and resulting Avascular Necrosis. Come support Zach, along with this year's "Faces of the Race," who have recently found themselves needing Goryeb Children's Hospital like Zach did, along with the 50,000 kids who need treatment there each year!
2018 Face of the Race
This accomplished young softball player is always smiling, despite being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3A in July of 2017. Her prognosis was optimistic. Then, the unthinkable. Scans from a blood clot she developed around her 12th birthday revealed that she had relapsed, and she had to start chemotherapy. Now, after ten rounds, she has spent nearly two months at several hospitals, including Goryeb Children's Hospital, as part of her treatment protocol. With more radiation, chemotherapy and a stem cell replacement on the horizon, and nothing but positive energy, Kristen is this year's Face of the Race. She gets how much it means to have distractions from pain ... to the point that instead of thinking of herself through all of this, she and her dad, Rob, bought an air hockey table for the kids at the hospital!
She looks forward to getting back Irish step dancing with Slattery School of Irish Dance. And of course, to softball, aiming high for the level she was at last year, when she was selected as one of the only 12-year-old girls from New Jersey to take part in the National Girls Faster2First Softball Showcase Event in Myrtle Beach, along with 120 of the best softball players around the nation! Yoshi, Spencer and her other NJ Renegades teammates that have been supporting her through this ordeal, and she can’t wait to pitch for them again. She's excited to actually attend the middle school that she should have started this year, take a REAL camping trip again, and dip her toes in the ocean! But in the meantime, she can’t thank her amazing friends and family enough for helping her through this difficult time. She's enjoying extra time at home with her brothers Robbie and Dylan while she is on homebound instruction, and snuggling up with her pets, Cookie the cat, and dogs Casey and Jake. She loves spending time with her softball buddy and long-time best friend Yoshi, and feels truly blessed to have made such good new friends with her hospital family, Jack and Audrey, who are known around the hospital hallways as the practical jokers!
This year, Zach is running for Kristen and the 50,000 kids that go through Goryeb Children’s Hospital every year. You got this, Kristen … . and we’ve got this with you! #TeamKristen #WeGotThis #ActionForDistraction
2017 Face of the Race
Another Long Valley gem, this beautiful 9 year old just celebrated her birthday ... but found herself in the hospital shortly thereafter. Myley started having seizures, and has been diagnosed with Epilepsy. This little trooper been in and out of Goryeb Children's Hospital over the last few months, and she's excited to be one of this year's "Faces of the Race" because she knows how important the art programs that this race helps to fund were to her during her hospital stays!