Miles in Memory of Josh set for Aug. 26

By on August 22, 2012

On Oct. 24, 2001, life was cut short for Warwick High School grad Joshua Montpetit who died of complications from a congenital heart condition called transposition of the great vessels. Since Josh’s death, his family has been coordinating an annual event called "Miles in Memory of Josh." This year’s event will take place Sunday, Aug. 26. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the ride will follow promptly at 1 p.m. The purpose of the event is two-fold. First, is to keep the memory of Josh alive, and the second is to raise funds for the Joshua Montpetit Foundation. There is a minimum sponsorship of $10 per adult requested.

Originated in 2001, the foundation was initially created to honor Josh by awarding scholarship monies to two areas that reflect Josh and his life — the Warwick basketball program, where he served as an assistant coach, and also to any Warwick student that has faced challenges in their lives who apply and write an essay sharing how their life and Josh’s parallel.

Today, the family continues to support these two areas, but has also broadened the criteria of the foundation to also consider a variety of opportunities within the community that will bless individuals or organizations that demonstrate a need that are in line with the mission of the Joshua Montpetit Foundation.

Since its creation, the Joshua Montpetit Foundation has awarded more than $38,000 in scholarship monies to more than 40 recipients.

As in previous years, the 2012 ride will again take place on the bike trail in Mt. Gretna, a very special place to Josh and his family where many family vacations were held. In addition, the trail offers a flat, beautiful ride. The trail is comprised of paved surfaces and fine gravel and will accommodate almost all types of bikes. For those people who are unable to bike, you are welcome to run, walk or jog.

There will be refreshments at the rest stops along the trail, as well as a lunch to be provided after the ride.

You can see more on Facebook at Miles In Memory of Josh event page. Anyone unable to participate who would like to contribute to the foundation, please send checks made payable to the "Joshua Montpetit Foundation" to Lisa Shirk, 2335 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, Pa. 17601.

In an effort to get an accurate account of participation we are kindly requesting all riders and participants to register ahead by calling Krista Jenkins at 717-940-2831. You may also contact Jenkins for any questions or directions. More MONTPETIT, page B-3

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