Posted: Jun 06, 2013
Cross Country coach Bill Maloney and assistant coach Kyle Trimble recently showed not only their own running skills, but also that their hearts are in the right place.
The D'Youville College Laps for Limbs charity event was held April 28 on the St. Francis High School track, in Hamburg, NY. Participants run or walk the quarter mile track to raise money and awareness for veterans and children who have amputations. This was the second year for this event at the college and it more than doubled the amount raised, totaling $11,000, which more than doubled the amount raised last year. All proceeds will be donated to The Little Pebble Foundation and Vet's Herd.
Coach Maloney led all participants with 33 laps completed for 8.25 miles in less than an hour's time. Coach Trimble, a recent graduate who at the time was also a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, completed 26 laps for 6.5 miles in less than an hour's time. While it was a sunny day, a stiff breeze coming off of Lake Erie made part of the track tough going. Coach Maloney firmly believes "it is a great cause, and he looks forward to taking part again next year and raising even more money." For Coach Trimble this is his second year of running in this event and he noted "as a future Physical Therapist, I believe in being an advocate for people who may not have access or resources in order to live a productive life. These types of events raise awareness and provide an outlet for everyone to help. I enjoy running and helping others, so to combine both activities is excellent! "
Laps for Limbs was created by another Doctor of Physical Therapy student, Kristen Smith, who as an undergraduate student ran for the Cross Country team from 2008-10. Laps for Limbs came about from a support group meeting for amputees that Kristen attended. Not an amputee herself, she merely went to the meeting to lend "support." After all she indicated, isn't that what a support group is all about? At the meeting it was noted that there are all kinds of runs, walks and other events in place to support many different medical issues but none existed to support amputees. The light bulb went on in Kristen's head and Laps for Limbs was born.
An undergraduate degree holder from the college, Kristen knew some of the people she should approach to obtain help for her idea. Based on the advice of Athletic Director Brian Cavanaugh , she eventually ended up in the Veteran's Affairs office, where the directors of that office, Ben Randle and Ed Draper, helped put a plan in motion, along with the Student Veteran's Association. Marshall Dornink, a Doctor of Chiropractic student also came on board and provided additional leadership for the event.
So on a sunny but cool Sunday morning, St. Francis High School provided the track, Catholic Health – Athletic Care provided trainers and local DJs,The Hitmen, volunteered to provide the music. The D'Youville Student Association lent financial support for the event. The Student Physical Therapy Association and their faculty provided volunteer support, and the Student American Chiropractic Association, Campus Ministry, and Residence Life, also provided participants and volunteers for the event. By the end of the day 1145 laps were completed for 286 miles and $11,000 was raised to better the lives of some children and well deserving veterans.