Rac­ing for kids

Turn­ing marathons into sup­port for Covenant House

201 Family - - DOGOODERS - WRIT­TEN BY MARY VALLO

Bill Can­non is a run­ner with a cause. For the past two years, he and the pro­gram he founded, “Home Team,” have raced up more than half a mil­lion dol­lars for Covenant House, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps home­less kids. What makes a heart­warm­ing story even more mean­ing­ful is that Can­non’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing wife Patty and their four chil­dren, are all part of an on­go­ing round of ath­letic en­deav­ors that are more about good­will than gold medals. Their goal is to raise funds to help kids from fam­i­lies nowhere near as for­tu­nate as the Can­nons of Ho-Ho-Kus.

The list of ath­letic events fam­ily mem­bers have joined on be­half of Covenant House is daunt­ing. Grown daugh­ters Me­gan and Suzanne have par­tic­i­pated in the Franklin Lakes triathlon (along with other events); el­der son Jamie will be fly­ing in from Cal­i­for­nia for the Iron­man U.S. Cham­pi­onship to be held in New York and New Jer­sey in Au­gust; and younger son Scott, a ju­nior at North­ern Highlands High School, has com­peted in the Franklin Lakes triathlon.

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