Cherry Blossom race raises money for special-needs adults

The 8th annual Cherry Blossom Road Race on March 17th will raise money for adults with developmental disabilities.

Amerson River Park is the venue for this year’s Cherry Blossom Road Race, but the race will still benefit Wesley Glen Ministries.

Wesley Glen is a nonprofit organization that serves adults over the age of 22 who have developmental disabilities.

Tom Adrien, Race Director, has a son named Eli, who has Down syndrome.

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While Eli isn’t a resident, Adrien says that the organization helped him learn more about disabilities.

“If I were to pass on or be unable to take care of my child, it’d be an environment that I’d be able to trust and know that he’d have people to take good care of him,” said Adrien.

He said that the race has come a far way from when it started.

They were just hoping to get 3,000 after the first race, but now the race is in it’s 8th year.

Last year, they raised 25,000 dollars for Wesley Glen Ministries which helped to fun new vans for the residents and send some residents to summer camps.

Many Wesley Glen residents have been training to race in the Fun Run or the 5K event.

Adrien said that it helps them set a goal and can even help them ease off of medications.

Even if you aren’t interested in running, there will be pink and green donuts form Krispy Kreme, a DJ, inflatables and a foam pit at the event.

To sign up or give a donation, click here.