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In honor of Thomas Martinelli!

Trekking for Thomas is a one-mile, kid’s fun run/walk benefitting the Global Foundation of Peroxisomal Disorders (thegfpd.org)

Thomas was diagnosed in 2014 with Zellweger Spectrum Disorder which is a rare, genetic, autosomal recessive disorder. This is no cure, and treatment is symptomatic. The mission of the GFPD is to fund and promote peroxisome disorder research and to assist families and professionals through educational programs and support services related to Zellweger Spectrum Disorders.
The first Trekking for Thomas fun run was held in December of 2016. Thomas’s mom, Kim, trained for her first marathon and raised money for the Global Foundation of Peroxisomal Disorders along the way. Her two boys wanted to race, too, and the Trekking for Thomas idea was born and introduced by their aunt, Meagan. In just three weeks, the grassroots efforts raised over $5000 for the GFPD with 110 participants. In 2017, there were over 180 children running and over 300 people in attendance. Over $23,000 for the GFPD.
Join us December 8, 2019 for the 4th annual Trekking for Thomas. Bring your kids and/or grandkids. Tell your friends and neighbors. No kids? No problem! You can still support the event. Come cheer on the runners, enjoy the beer and wine garden, and make an online donation.
Online donations and event registration opens October 1st.
Supporting and funding the GFPD gives our family hope. Hope for a cure. Hope for the health of future generations. Hope provides the strength to fight. As Thomas says, he does this “to help other kids.” Thank you for fighting with us!

Meet Thomas!