Twenty-nine years ago, Penn Wynne Elementary School organized the inaugural Jimmy Sullivan Memorial Walkathon in memory of former student, Jimmy Sullivan, who passed away while awaiting a heart and lung transplant. Each year, the school community gathers to walk laps around the school while raising funds and awareness for a different children's charity. Penn Wynne has raised nearly $150,000 for a variety of important initiatives, programs and non-profits since the Walkathon's inception.
This year, Penn Wynne hosted the 29th Annual Jimmy Sullivan Memorial Walkathon as students and staff rallied together to ultimately raise more than $12,000 for this year's designated charity, Cranio Care Bears. Cranio Care Bears' mission is "to spread awareness, support and compassion through loving care packages to families of children facing surgery for craniosynostosis." The organization was founded by two mothers, Summer Ehmann and Shelby Davidson, whose sons had craniosynostosis and underwent surgery because of the condition.
With the Walkathon complete, Penn Wynne Instructional Assistant Helen Bakanauskas, who nominated Cranio Care Bears to be this year's beneficiary, presented a check along with Colleen Gerlach, Jimmy Sullivan's sister, to Tessa Kelly and her family, who were present at the all-school assembly to accept the funds on behalf of Cranio Care Bears. Kelly successfully underwent surgery for craniosynostosis just one year ago.
*More donations came in for the event following the check presentation.