The Spring of 2000, the first anniversary of Wyatt's death, brought increased awareness of SMA to the community of Tonawanda, New York - Julie's hometown. Wyatt's first annual walk for SMA raised over $17,000. Over 200 people walked representing over 1,200 pledges. The walk took place on May 6th, a beautiful spring Saturday morning.
Since then 10 walks later over 250,000 thousand dollars have been raised.
John and Sally Sherman, Wyatt's grandparents orchestrated the walk with the help of friends and the community. The Foundation is grateful to all who walked.
Below is a copy of the thank you that was placed in the Tonawanda News.
The Wyatt Kyle Sutker Foundation, LTD. would like to thank all who contributed to the success of the first annual "Wyatt’s 3-Mile Walk for SMA."
Wyatt’s Walk was held May 6th in Tonawanda. The goals of educating the public and raising funds to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I were reached. Over 200 walkers representing almost 1,200 pledges raised more than $17,000 to support research and to help families struggling with an infant dying from SMA Type I.
The Foundation sends a special thank you to John and Sally Sherman, Wyatt’s grandparents, and their team of coordinators. To the corporate sponsors, listed below, the Foundation sends its gratitude:
Without their dedication and generous support, Wyatt’s Walk would never have marched forward.
For more information about SMA Type I, how you can continue to help in the fight against SMA, and plans for next year’s walk, visit the Foundation’s web site at:WWW.WKSWITHSMA.ORG