‘In My Sneak­ers’ run/walk to ben­e­fit JAFCO Respite, Fam­ily Re­source Center

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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

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