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A cause to run: Co. C-1 cadets support Charley's Fund at half marathon

By Class of 2014 Cadet Gabriel Kornegay
Contributing Writer
 
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2013) — ​It’s a simple fact of life at the U.S. Military Academy that cadets run … a lot. And sometimes they volunteer to run more when it’s for a good cause.

Fifty cadets from Co. C-1 traveled to New York City Oct. 6 to represent the Corps of Cadets in supporting Charley’s Fund at the 4th annual Race Against Time.

Before participating in the half marathon, the cadets arrived early to join volunteers in setting up the event at Central Park. A few hours later, they joined a “sea of green” as hundreds raced wearing the emerald-colored race shirts printed with the slogan “I believe…” on the back.

Charley’s Fund is an organization dedicated to funding research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a disease that affects young boys with a 100 percent mortality rate. The disease does not affect their minds, just their ability to grow muscles. By the ages of 10-12 the boys must use wheelchairs to get around; and, on average, the disease claims their lives around the age of 22.

Class of 2014 Cadet Preston Wilson organized the volunteer opportunity for his company and established fundraising web pages to raise money for Charley’s Fund. With the strong support of friends and family, as well as the support of a matching grant given to Charley’s Fund, the company raised more than $36,000 dollars in support of the organization.

C-1 ran in honor of Wilson’s eight-year-old cousin, Davis Cox, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Davis attended the event and inspired the cadets with his enthusiasm for life.

The cadets of C-1 upheld the values of their profession by working hard to fight a horrible disease and refusing to leave children like Davis and eleven-year-old Charley (whom the organization is named after) behind. All of the cadets finished the run, and for a moment in time, linked arms with family and friends to support those affected by the disease in a selfless manner.

“We would like to thank everybody who supported us in this endeavor and hope this support to Charley’s Fund will continue in the coming years,” Wilson said.
 
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The cadets of Co. C-1 gather with Davis Cox and his mother for a photograph. Photo by Emma Trawick
 
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Cadets from Company C-1 arrived early at Central Park Oct. 6 to help volunteers set up the 4th annual Race Against Time, then they ran the half marathon after raising more than $36,000 in support of Charley's Fund, an organization dedicated to funding research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Photo by Steve Wilner

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Class of 2014 Cadet Preston Wilson organized the participation of Co. C-1 in support of the Charley's Fund 4th annual Race Against Time. The cadets raised more than $36,000 and ran the half marathon in honor of Wilson's eight-year-old cousin Davis Cox who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Photo by Steve Wilner

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Fifty cadets from Company C-1 represented the Corps of Cadets in supporting Charley's Fund at the 4th annual Race Against Time in Central Park Oct. 6. Photo by Steve Wilner