OMF Summer Newsletter – July 2016

OMF Summer Newsletter – July 2016

It’s been an incredible year so far! In March, HarperCollins launched the paperback version of my memoir, One More Step. In May, we hit an all time high at the OC Marathon raising over $40,000 — twice the amount we raised last year!

Virgen: Team Jake keeps on running

Virgen: Team Jake keeps on running

By Steve Virgen – Los Angeles Times Ten years ago, Steven Robert ran in the OC Marathon to raise money for his 4-year-old son Jake, who had Cerebral Palsy. During the final portion of the race, Steven scooped up his son and carried him into the finish line. Later that night, little Jake died in his sleep. But Jake’s legacy has lived on through Team Jake, a charity that raises money for children with special needs. Team Jake celebrated its 10th anniversary at the US Bank OC Marathon this past weekend. The joyous and somber tears began to flow on Thursday night when Steve and his wife Alison were inducted into the inaugural OC Marathon Hall of Fame, also known as Making Waves Award recipients. The Hall of Fame class also featured the late Bill Scarff, a strong supporter of the OC Marathon, and the event’s co-founder and original board chair Scott Baugh. It was an emotional moment when Steve thanked many while receiving the honor Thursday night at the Newport Beach Marriott. He stood with his wife, as they laughed about past memories and wiped away tears because of the loss of their son. They remain grateful to have touched many lives through Team Jake. Bonner Paddock was one of those. And he’s also made a difference for many through the One Mission Foundation. Read Full...
More than 22,000 runners expected for 12th annual O.C. Marathon

More than 22,000 runners expected for 12th annual O.C. Marathon

By Courtney Perkes Randy Kam, 58, is confident that he won’t finish Sunday’s O.C. Marathon – his 131st endurance race – dead last again. The Fullerton dentist logged a time of 7 hours, 32 minutes last year, three days after undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer. This time, he’s done with chemo and his cancer is in remission. But he’ll still wear a homemade sign on his back urging men to get screened. “I’m baaack!! Stage IV prostate cancer, 15 chemos/6 marathons last year,” his sign reads, in part. The 12th annual O.C. Marathon is expected to draw more than 22,000 runners and 10,000 spectators to races this weekend, including a Kids Run today and the 26.2-mile marathon, half-marathon and 5K on Sunday. Mayors of the four host cities – Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Santa Ana – will run or walk the half-marathon to raise money for scholarships and running shoes for the 2017 Kids Run. Organizers kicked things off Thursday night by inducting the first four members into the marathon’s Hall of Fame. The honor was inspired by recipients Steven and Alison Robert, who are marking the 10th anniversary of Team Jake. In 2006, Steven Robert ran the O.C. Marathon to raise money for cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder his 4-year-old son, Jake, was born with. As he neared the finish line, Steven scooped up his son from the sidelines and carried him for the final 100 yards. That night, Jake died in his sleep. The couple, who moved from Yorba Linda to Austin, Texas, returns for the marathon each year and along with hundreds of...
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