‘In My Sneakers’ run/walk to benefit JAFCO Respite, Family Resource Center
Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) will host its inaugural “In My Sneakers” 5K run/walk Oct. 20 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The event, chaired by Sharon Wender and Craig Konhauzer, honors devoted families in the community who are raising a child with a developmental disability.
All proceeds will benefit JAFCO’s Respite and Family Resource Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities, as well as current programming offered by JAFCO to children and families - including family support groups, in-home counseling, crisis support, case management, information and referral.
The 5K run starts at 8 a.m., followed by the run/walk at 9:30 a.m.
The event will feature opportunities to meet local service providers to help improve the lives of children and families living with developmental disabilities and family entertainment.
The Sam and Adele Borger campus of The David Posnack Jewish Children’s Center is scheduled to open in early 2014, and will provide onsite respite care for children with developmental disabilities. This will allow parents a break from the stress of caring for a child with special needs. The center will provide an inclusive atmosphere for the entire family, including family support, child enrichment activities and high-quality therapies.
“We at JAFCO are amazed and inspired by the families raising children with special needs,” said Linda Sachs, developmental disabilities program coordinator. “We recognize that this is an overwhelming and challenging journey, and we want to make sure they know they’re not alone, and that we’re here to help them.”
For more information, call 954-749-7230, ext. 137 or visit www.jafco.org.
Alan Levy, left, Fred Katzin, Louise Jacowitz Allen, Linda Sachs, Sarah Franco, Becky Fisher, Margie Plough, Sue Kabot and Ron Simon Above: Craig Konhauzer, left, and Sharon Wender At left: Gail Marlow, left, Linda Sachs, Symara Feldman, Jackie Merens, Elise Repath, Tami Isenberg, Brooke Mandel and Sharon Wender