Princesses receive support from 1,000-plus residents at Tutu Trot (SLIDESHOW)
The best example of a community is a group of people who are willing to do anything for one another — even if it means running in a tutu through pouring rain.
And that's exactly what Trumbull residents did Sunday night, showing that not even Mother Nature's bad side could be enough to trump their support for two sick Jane Ryan Elementary School students named Caroline and Mia, who had a relay race dedicated to their fight against cancer.
The first-annual Tutu Trot Relay at Trumbull High School was wildly successful with more than 250 teams signing up for the three-person race that saw runners hand off tutus, instead of the traditional batons, after each leg of the 1.7-mile course was completed.
In total, more than 1,000 residents attended supporting Team Caroline and Mia.
While pink shirts and colorful tutus could be seen throughout the track, the theme of the night was "No One Fights Alone" which was printed on the back of shirts that were handed out for racers.
“It’s amazing that something as horrible as this has produced some pretty positive things,” said Jim McCaffery, Mia's dad, to The Times in article published last week.
“It’s difficult to endure the ups and downs but knowing that you have an entire community that supports you makes a huge difference.”
"The McCaffrey's and Herrington's would like to send a tremendous thanks to race organizers: Kathleen Kaufmann, Bhavya Bhushan, Sydney Adams, Gabi Misiewicz, Haley Mocker and THS retiree and owner/operator MS Running Productions, Marty Schaivone," the high school wrote in a follow up letter. "Also, for all their support, they would also like to thank THS Athletic Secretary Wendy Haslam and THS Athletic Director Mike King. There are too many other community members to thank. So many people stepped up to help out. Without your support, this event would not have been as amazing as it was."
Those who missed the fundraising event can check out http://teamcarolineandmia.weebly.com/
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Donations can be made at https://www.paypal.me/tututrot
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