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Letter: Firebird thanks

Firebird thanks

The Firebird 5K committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors and the Greenfield community for its generous support in helping to make the first Firebird 5K on June 7 the success that it was. We ran, we raised money, and we raised awareness.

Specifically, we would like to thank Baystate Franklin Medical Center, a corporate sponsor, and Amy Swisher, also from Baystate. Amy heard about the Firebird through the Heroin and Opiate Awareness Taskforce and lent her considerable skill and experience with promotion and organization to our volunteer staff.

A big thank you to Valley Medical Group, also a corporate sponsor, and Ruth Potee, MD. We would also like to thank Chris Curtis from The Recorder for running a piece, and Jay Fidanza of 98.3 FM WHAI for the radio interview which helped us spread the word. The community response was amazing. Thank you again Greenfield.

And finally, thank you to all the runners. From those who never ran a 5K before, to seasoned veterans, we could not have done it without your participation. We had over 145 registered runners! We hope to see you next year.

Although raising money was part of the goal, the hope that the community would become more aware of the issue of addiction was the real intent. The opportunity for people in recovery, their family members, and people working in the field to do something together and share the burden and the hope for just one day was key to this vision.

And for this opportunity, we thank you.

DEVON de KORVER

Greenfield

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