Unite to Fight Fun Run for Sean Mahoney

By Kelly Litts, Kylee McDonald and Sophia Lopez
APR 28, 2016

Raiders race to the finish line

Raiders race to the finish line

At  6:00 am on Saturday, eighty volunteers arrived to set up the Unite to Fight Fun Run for Sean Mahoney. It was April 9th, and the Saint Thomas Aquinas (STA) National Honor Society (NHS) came together to support one of their members, Sean Mahoney, who was paralyzed in a boating accident last August. NHS coordinators Ms. Deutschmann and Mr. Fierle, as well as Guidance Counselor Mr. Martinez helped to organize the event. After running, participants received T-shirts  from the student volunteers, who were also responsible for registration, directions and awards. It was a fun day for a great cause.

Raiders and their parents all came out to support the run

Raiders and their parents all came out to support the run

The NHS officers worked hard to promote the event. President Kelly Litts, vice president Paul Calzada and officers Julia van de Bogart, Leah Ortega and Antonia Debianchi had been planning the event since the start of the school year.  NHS member Sean Mahoney was the beneficiary and really appreciated the effort that went into making the Fun Run such a success. His aunt Leslie Flavell, who represented the Mahoney family at the event, expressed the family’s gratitude. On the day of the event, Ms. Deutschmann excitedly announced that $8,100 was raised for The Sean Mahoney Fund.

The event was a great success!

The event was a great success!

One hundred fifty participants ran or walked in the race. Mr. Martinez announced the winners: the fastest three males were Colin Breslin (bib number 1618), Christian Vitagliano (bib number 1576), and Nico Dominguez (bib number 1633). The top three overall female positions were swept by the McGreevy family: freshman Kerrigan McGreevy (bib number 1500) came in first, her mother, Jennifer McGreevy (bib number 1499) a few steps behind in second, and in third, was older sister junior Malloy McGreevy (bib number 1673).

NHS Vice President Paul Calzada said that the Fun Run “was a lot of work, but rewarding”.  NHS officer Antonia DeBianchi added, “We have been planning all year, and today was so worth it.” NHS leadership was motivated by their desire to help their classmate and friend Sean. All in all, the event was a great success.