Aledo Thanksgiving Trot Benefits for a Needy Family – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
ALEDO (CBSDFW.COM) Thousands of families in North Texas will put on their sneakers on Thanksgiving morning for a turkey trot before the big meal, but the tradition takes on new meaning at Aledo, where the goal is to give back to a family in need.
A decade ago, a group of neighbors organized their first Thanksgiving tour as a way to help out friend Marcia Walters.
“I just had a lung transplant and needs some financial help,” said Rhonda Torres, founder Alido thanks trot. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we made it through in six weeks. Since then, we thought this would be it, but God is not over. We’ve been gone for 10 years.”
Each year, the race raises tens of thousands of dollars for a different family with a medical need.
“There are really no words to say what this means for every recipient and for our family,” said Marianne Gibson, Walters’ daughter. “The work these women are doing is incredible.”
Walters died in April, and the race is now named in her memory.
All proceeds this year will go to 11-year-old Britney McCoy, who has an undiagnosed condition that has stunted her growth.
“She looks normal, but she’s like a six-month-old in an 11-year-old’s body,” said Joe McCoy, Britney’s father.
Britney is also legally blind and has epilepsy. Money from scrambling will go a long way toward improving her quality of life.
“We’re having a hard time even getting her in and out of our front door,” her mother, Kelly McCoy, said. “She just got a new, bigger chair. It’s obviously really long, and it’s probably going to get quite long. Hopefully we can make our house more accessible to her, and we can get her in and out, and then just indoors.”
McCoys says this race shows what makes Aledo so special.
“We have been beneficiaries this year, but it really is about the people behind us, the community and the school district,” said Joe McCoy.
The Thanksgiving Trot begins at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in the parking lot at Aledo High School Football Field. More than 14,000 people are expected to run the fun 5km or 1 mile race.
“It just warms your heart as a mother to see people love your child,” said Kelly McCoy. “That’s what I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”