CanDo5K is a Northshore Tradition

Community Supports Kids with Developmental Disabilities

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From left to right: Kevin Bartasawics, Susan Moore, Al Moore, Betty Swartz, and Carrie Bartasawics at the 2014 CanDo5K. Swartz won the “Oldest Participant Award.”

Bothell, WA, April 25th, 2015—What do you get when an 89-year-old stroke survivor, local business owners, educators, school teams, families, pastors, and community members come together to support kids with disabilities and their families? You get one of Northshore’s favorite events.
On Saturday, April 25, Northwest Special Families (NSF) will partner with the Northshore YMCA to host the 7th Annual CanDo5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Walk. The Northshore Y will be hosting its annual Healthy Kid’s Day at the Northshore Y immediately following the race. Presented by Woodinville Pediatric Dentistry and the Lakeshore Clinic, the race takes place at Seattle Times North Creek facility in Bothell.
Last year’s event was a great success with 1,200 registered participants and many community teams; together they raised over $19,000 to help fund NSF’s year-round programs and the Northshore Y’s Partners with Youth Campaign. This year, 1,500, participants are expected.
Betty Swartz was one of last year’s participants. Her goal after suffering a stroke nine months earlier was simply to walk as far as she could and then turn around. But true to the spirit of the event, Betty completed her mile and earned the “Oldest Participant Award.” Now, Betty walks a mile every day with her cat riding on the seat of her walker and the neighbor’s dog tagging along. She is more than ready to participate in the CanDo5K again this year.
Participants can register online at www.CanDo5K.org, in person at various sponsor locations, and via mail. All donations are tax-deductible. Participants and teams are encouragedto reach out to their communities to raise funds. Proceeds support NSF programming including: inclusive and specialized camps, family events, sibling programs, Lego Club, on-going education and guest lectures, and family support. Funds also support the Northshore Y’s Partners in Youth campaign, which enables children, who otherwise would not have the opportunity, to participate in programs at the YMCA.
NSF’s mission is to increase social opportunities for children with special needs and their families through community building, advocacy, and education. NSF is operated out of the Northshore Family Center, a program of the Center for Human Services, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The YMCA is committed to strengthening communities and individuals of all abilities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
For additional information, please visit: www.CanDo5K.org (race website) or visit: www.northwestspecialfamilies.org (NSF’s website).
When asked about the race this year, Betty responded, “I’ll do whatever I can to help.” Her “Can Do” attitude inspires us all.