Pound the Pavement for Peter returns this year on March 24th for the eighth annual family fun run and 5K/10K. Hundreds of families each year participate in the charity run. The event raises awareness for families and children who are living with debilitating diseases and disabilities. Pound the Pavement for Peter was created in 2009 in honor of Peter Hopkins, who lost his life at age three from a peroxisomal disorder. The idea for the race began when Anne Park Hopkins, Peter’s mom, and a prayer group of 10 women she knew, called Peter’s Pals, was formed in 2009 around the time Peter had his first surgery.
This year, Pound the Pavement for Peter has raised $135,000 to benefit the GFPD, the Adaptive Learning Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Event planners are anticipating 500 runners to join together in supporting Pound the Pavement for Peter and the three recipient charities. One unique aspect of the event is that children with severe disabilities often participate alongside all of the other runners. Morgan Smith, Peter’s Pals committee member says, “These brave children are inspiring to all.”
Those who make Pound the Pavement possible are overjoyed by the community support for the children and families affected by rare disorders. Pound the Pavement for Peter is grateful to all who contribute to the race through participation, donations, and the continued awareness being shared about rare disease: “Thank you for helping to continue to honor Peter and so many children like him through this race,” Smith says. If you would like to know more about Pound the Pavement for Peter, or want to know how you can get involved, please go to their website linked below.