The run, walk & roll edition 
RWR medal 

The Wake Area Telehealth Collaborative

Helping Children with Special Needs 
June 2009
In This Issue
Run, Walk & Roll Sponsors
RW&R Donors
RW&R Team Winners
Wake County Services and Resources Webpage
Area Resources
RW&R Media
RW&R 5k Winners
RW&R Resource Fair Vendors
RW&R Volunteers
Fun at Marbles
Thank you!
A Tremendous Thank You to our  Run, Walk & Roll Sponsors
 RWR sponsors
Gold Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsors 
Abilitations Children's Therapy and Wellness Center



Thanks also to all the local businesses that provided food or supplied donations and prizes: 
Brueggers Bagels at Tryon Station
Great Harvest Bread Company
Maple View Farms
Peanut Free Planet
Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Panera at Centrum Center
Perfect Promotions
Raleigh Medical Supply
Starbucks at Tryon Village
Whole Foods at Waverly Place
The Scott Family
Marbles Kids Museum
Gulf Breeze Software
Outback Steakhouse
AMF Bowling
Cold Stone Creamery
Fleet Feet Sports of Raleigh
Jelly Beans Skate
Quail Ridge Books 
Run, Walk & Roll Prize Winners included:
Team Tristian Rock Star, Hope for Lakelann, & Team Ethan for raising the most money for the Run, Walk & Roll!
Nathan's Navy for creating the largest team to participate in the RW&R!
Costin's Calvary for being the most creative team on the one mile course!
 Your spirit and dedication to this event was amazing.  We are so grateful for your efforts to support our mission and your committment
  to our cause.
Wake County Services and Resources for Children Birth-Five Webpage TR
We now have 62 programs included in the Services and Resources webpage. 
Is your agency one of them? 
If you were a Run, Walk & Roll Resource Fair Vendor and aren't in our Directory you should be!! 
The webpage acts as a searchable database for parents and providers to find updated agencies, services, and resources for children with special needs throughout Wake County.   
For more information or to obtain an enrollment form contact Juliellen at

Wake County Area Resources and Information  
The Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 pm at Michael Dean's Restaurant in Raleigh on Fall of Neuse.  Come for dessert, coffee, dinner or just to meet other mom's and dad's who understand your daily joys and struggles.  We meet in a private room and enjoy wonderful food and great conversation.  We welcome anyone regardless of their child's special needs diagnoses that is looking for a support home.  Contact Rachel Pack at 319.0286 with questions.
If you are a Wake County agency or support group that wants to share your information with the WATCH Community, please submit your updates or notices to
I'll make sure your information gets posted to the TelAbility calendar and in the next WATCH newsletter.

Visit Our Sponsor
Many thanks to the John Rex Endowment for their continued support of the WATCH Program into 2010!
ethan picWhat a GREAT Success!!!
Wow!  That's about all I can say...WOW!  What an amazing and fun day the over 400 participants, 50+ volunteers, and 35 Resource Fair Vendors had at the First Annual Run, Walk & Roll held at Crowder District Park in Apex on May 30th! Due to everyone's amazing efforts the event brought in over $20,000 to support TelAbility, WATCH and Pediatric Rehabilitation at UNC.
The weather was perfect and the emotions were high!  We will try to do our best to acknowledge and recognize everyone who made the event possible, but chances are we will miss someone.  If you were an event sponsor or donor, volunteered in any aspect of the event, participated in the 5k run or  one mile walk, donated money to the team of your choice, cheered on the participants, had a Resource Fair table or just wished us well, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Although I spent a good part of the day running around like a crazy person, I had a blast calling out the runners names as they crossed the 5k finish line.  I got tears in my eyes and celebrated their success as I saw children awarded their medals at the end of the one mile walk.  I was also so impressed by the variety of Resource Fair vendors and the wealth of knowledge they shared, along with they many creative children's activities. 
The picture at the top of the newsletter really sums up the spirit of the day and gives me the fuel and desire to make next year's event even bigger and better.  We learned it's never too early to start planning, so if you have any interest in helping with next year's event or have ideas to share, please contact me at
I hope you enjoy reading more about this fantastic day and the people who made it possible.  Have a fabulous summer!

nathan finish
Overcoming the Odds
Nathan Baker, pictured here crossing the RW&R 5k finish line, and John Allen Atkins, were both featured in the local media  recently. 
Both young men are patients of Dr. Alexander and participated in the Run, Walk & Roll.  Just click the links below for your daily does of inspiration:
Walking Tall with Spina Bifida -John Allen Atkins
Nathan's finishing time for the 5k was 24 minutes and 23 seconds!  John Allen brought a huge crowd with him to participate in the one mile walk.  Congratulations to them both and a huge thanks to all their family and friends who supported the event. 
And the Winners are...nathan finish
Everyone who participated in the Run, Walk & Roll of course!
In all seriousness, due to some timing errors and confusion about the 5k course, we have decided not to post the 5k race times.  However, we would like to congratulate our 1st-3rd place Men's and Women's finishers:
-Matt Wilkie (Men's 1st place:  17 mn, 56 secs)
-Richard Ferguson (Men's 2nd place:  18 mn, 51 secs)
-Matt Craigle (Men's 3rd place:  19 mn, 43 secs)
-Julie (and Isabelle)Thurman (Women's 1st place:  21 mn, 38 secs)
-Virgina Wallace (Women's 2nd place:  21 mn, 56 secs)
-Lauren Riedle and Ellen Giordias (tied for 3rd place:  22 mn, 10 secs)
If you ran in the 5k and would like to know the time we have listed for you, feel free to contact Juliellen at and I'd be happy to tell you.  We promise to have a more accurate timing system in place for next year.  Thanks for your understanding and patience. 
nathan finish

TelAbility and
the Wake County LICC Salutes
 our Resource Fair Vendors!
Thank you for the amazing array of services and information you provided and offer our community!
-Abilitation's Children's Therapy and Wellness Center
-Advanced Seating and Mobility
-The Arc of Wake County
-The Aspen Center
-Bounce Back Kids
-C.A.R.E. Construction and Renovation Endeavors
-Carolina Mobility & Seating
-Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia
-Child Care Services Association, Family Support
-The Raleigh Children's Developmental Services Agency
-The Raleigh CDSA Assistive Technology Center
-Developmental Therapy Associates
-Dynamic Therapy for Kids
-Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
-Hogan & Allen, PLLC
-Horse and Buddy Therapeutic Riding
-New Voices
-Pediatric Therapy Associates
-Project Enlightenment
-Raleigh Neurology
-Raleigh Therapy Services
-Rosie's Plate
-Southeast Family Services
-The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities
-Telamon/Head Start
-Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group
-Wake County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
-Wake County Human Services Child Service Coordination
-Wake Med Health Kraft Family YMCA
-Wilmington Medical Supply
Please check out the Wake County Services and Resources webpage to find out more about most of these fabulous Wake County agencies and business that provide a diverse range of services for children with special needs! 


And our Hats Off to our AMAZING Volunteers!
The Run, Walk & Roll was so fortunate to have the help and support of over 50 volunteers who were responsible for making the day such an enormous success!  We can't thank each and everyone one of you enough for all you did!  In particular we would like to thank:
Jennifer Pflatzgraff for her amazing vision and creativity in designing all the marketing information, signs, and t-shirts, as well as her help on the RW&R Planning Committee! 
Lil Baker for her help on the Planning Committee and for recruiting so many volunteers!
Sue Youd and all the Green Hope Cross Country Team Parents for their help in coordinating the race course and servicing the finish line.
Mary Henson for her help on the Planning Committee and in securing the majority of donations and prizes for the event.
Michael Clayton for his help in securing prizes and donations from Fleet Feet Sports in Raleigh and his expertise in race day details.
Karen Nolfo and Val Wilson for their help in coordinating the Resource Fair and shuttling vendors to and from the parking lot! Thanks also to the Wake County LICC Goal Area One Members for all their help in organizing the Resource Fair.
Community Partnerships Inc, for allowing us to use their parking lot as our pre-race pick up location.
Fairview Baptist Church in Apex for allowing us to use their parking lot as an overflow lot for Resource Fair vendors.
The UNC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Staff (Nicole Pratapas, Teresa Mosser, Hannah Sendola, Susan Evers, Jennfer Statinsky, Grace Synn, Elizabeth Gersuk,and Seton Mazzocchi, in particular) for all the behind the scenes administrative work and details.
The Next Marbles Family Fun Night 
for kids with special needs and their families is Thursday, July 9th!
Through a community wide collaborative, the museum will be open at the following dates and times specifically for children with special needs and their families.  This is a FREE event!
Thursday, July 9  5:30-8:00 pm
Thursday, October 8  5:30-8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 15  5:30-8:00 pm
You can find out more information about Family Fun Night and the Marble's exhibit's on the Marbles website.   
Marbles Kids' Museum is located at 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh. 

proudly partnering with:
The ARC of Wake County 
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Triangle Down Syndrome Network
Wake County Autism Society 
Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group
Wake County LICC (Local Inter-Agency Coordinating Council)
Wake County SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

If we haven't said it enough...THANK YOU! 
If you would still like to make a donation to the TelAbility/WATCH Project please contact Nicole Pratapas, at 919.966.8494 or email her at
We can't wait to see you all next year for an even bigger and better event!
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