Matthew's Hope 4 Miracles 5k Run/Walk set for Scranton park

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Jul. 10—This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Linda K. McDonnell about the upcoming Matthew's Hope 4 Miracles 5K Run/Walk — Family Fun Festival, held this year in memory of Nathan Wendel Gray.

Residence: South Abington Twp.

Professional background:

Christian health/life coach

Title: Co-chairwoman

Q: Who is this race honoring?

A: This year's 5K is being held in memory of Nathan Wendel Gray, an 8-year-old Wilkes-Barre native who valiantly battled Wilms' tumor for six years (most of his life). In January of this year, he was welcomed safely home by the Lord.

Q: Who is the 5K open to?

A: The race/walk is open to all ages. Families with young children are welcome to bring strollers.

Q: What else will be on hand at the event?

A: This year's event will have a marketplace with local vendors, a basket raffle, DJ, carnival-like games for children, face painting, balloon animals, a food truck and Manning's Ice Cream.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: Matthew (McDonnell) and our committee are working hard to bring awareness to the fact that pediatric cancer research gets less than 4% of the national research funds. Proceeds from this event will be used to further pediatric cancer research to help find a sustainable cure for children and support local families of children battling the disease.

Q: What is unique or special about this fundraiser?

A: This fundraiser is unique because in addition to the race, we've created a family fun festival for individuals of all ages to enjoy. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of our beloved friend, "Nathan the Superhero." We're asking all participants to wear orange, Nathan's favorite color, to show support for his family, who will attend the event.

Contact the writer: lrysz@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x5228