Walk­ing miles to pro­vide smiles for Broward Chil­dren’s Center

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Broward Chil­dren’s Center’s 10th an­nual “Miles for Smiles” walkathon will be­gin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Pom­pano Beach Elks Lodge, 700 NE 10th St., in Pom­pano Beach. The walk for char­ity will fea­ture hun­dreds of walk­ers as they cir­cle the Pom­pano Beach Air Park and en­joy pre- and post-event re­fresh­ments and en­ter­tain­ment at the Pom­pano Beach Elks Lodge.

The 10th an­niver­sary of this event is im­por­tant, as funds raised over the last decade have pos­i­tively im­pacted thou­sands of chil­dren and young adults with spe­cial health care needs. The sup­port of com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropists and lo­cal cor­po­ra­tions, such as Florida Power & Light Co., Bate­man Gor­don and Sands Inc., and First Cit­i­zens Bank has al­lowed the center to pro­vide an ar­ray of med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional, and daily liv­ing ser­vices de­signed to en­sure each in­di­vid­ual is given ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to thrive and suc­ceed.

All pro­ceeds will help Broward Chil­dren’s Center, a lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, to pro­vide state of the art, hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble, res­i­den­tial and re­cre­ational ser­vices to many med­i­cally frag­ile and tech­no­log­i­cally de­pen­dent in­di­vid­u­als. Th­ese ser­vices will pro­mote the health and hap­pi­ness of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als, while max­i­miz­ing their in­de­pen­dence.

“Our com­mu­nity’s sup­port is cru­cial be­cause the funds raised aid our ef­forts to nur­ture and care for some of the most at-risk young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” said Broward Chil­dren’s Center CEO, Mar­jorie Evans. “We want to make sure they re­ceive the great­est qual­ity of life pos­si­ble.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is at 8 a.m., and walk T-shirts will be given to the first 250 reg­is­tered walk­ers. Ev­ery walker will re­ceive a free gift bag and have the chance to win prizes.

The route will take walk­ers 4.7 miles around the Pom­pano Beach Air Park half­way be­tween At­lantic Boule­vard and Copans Road. Walk­ing teams, run­ners, rollerbladers, those with strollers and wheel­chair par­tic­i­pants are wel­come. The walkathon is dog friendly. Drink and snack sta­tions will be pro­vided along the route. As walk­ers cross the fin­ish line they will be wel­comed with live mu­sic, food and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages.

All chil­dren un­der age 10 walk free. Chil­dren and young adults who re­ceive ser­vices from Broward Chil­dren’s Center pro­grams are also free. Ad­di­tion­ally, com­mu­nity he­roes such as mil­i­tary, fire, po­lice, or EMS per­son­nel will re­ceive a $5 dis­count off of their reg­is­tra­tion fee. Pre-reg­is­ter at www.bc­ck­ids.org/miles-forsmiles. Reg­is­tra­tion is $20 in ad­vance; $25 the day of the event.

For 41 years Broward Chil­dren’s Center has been a haven for in­fants, chil­dren and young adults with spe­cial needs and med­i­cally com­plex con­di­tions be­tween the ages of birth and 21 years. The pri­vate non­profit’s mis­sion is to pro­vide a con­tin­uum of care, in­clud­ing a broad range of sup­port and qual­ity of life ad­vo­cacy for our ser­vice pop­u­la­tion and their fam­i­lies.

For in­for­ma­tion on how to sign up and help lo­cal youth, con­tact Melissa Lane at 954-299-5012 or walk@bc­ck­ids.org.

Jac­qui Mo­gavero, left, with sons Nick and Drew

Lakia D. was a first-place win­ner in the 2012 walkathon.

Ja­son en­joys the bub­ble sta­tion at last year’s event

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