On September 26th, the first ever F.A.T. 5k in honor of Pat Schrader, was held at SUNY Oswego. It was a beautiful sunny day with more people than we ever expected. Family, friends and friends of friends all joined together. It was truly overwhelming. Chrissy Mason, a trainer at Stability Fitness, pushed Pat through the entire race. It was priceless watching the expression on his face as they crossed the finish line.
After the race we gathered at The Shed for food, karaoke and a Chinese auction. Pat visited with friends and relatives he hadn't seen in quite a while. Watching his 81 year old grandma sing and dance brought us all to tears with laughter. It was an exceptional day.
Donations are still coming in, but at this time we are a little over $10,000. For a first time event, I am extremely grateful to everyone who made that happen. Our plan is to make the F.A.T. 5k an annual event. The F.A.T. stands for Fight Ataxia Together.
All of this is because, Iain Thompson, Pat's trainer and a remarkable young man studying to become a doctor, had an idea to have a fundraiser for FA.