Welcome to Christopher's Run
Dear Participants and Supporters of Christopher’s 5K Run/Walk:
As many of you may know, we will not be having Christopher’s Run this year. It was a difficult decision for us and we know for many it was one of your first 5K runs and had become a tradition. We truly appreciate your past support and if you would still consider making a donation to our cause, it will go a long way to help children and families in need. The Christopher Lesta Fund, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, where your donation is fully tax deductible.
Your support benefits the MPS Society, the society that supports the families and children that have the same genetic disorder that Christopher had; Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University, where Christopher had his umbilical cord blood transplant; Camp Good Grief in Westhampton Beach, a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers; USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts, a not-for-profit music camp for children of every ability; and even families in need on the East End. Our donations go directly to the families and children of these organizations to ensure that they will have access to resources and services to assist them in addressing their needs.
We are thankful at the giving spirit of our participants and supporters.
We hope you will continue to keep Christopher in your hearts.
Run is an annual 5K Run/Walk in Southampton, New York that is held in memory
of a young boy named Christopher Lesta. He was very special in our community
and will always have a special place in our hearts. The run is sponsored by
The Christopher Lesta Fund Inc, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
Christopher was born with Hunter Syndrome (or MPS II), a rare and untreatable genetic disorder caused by the body’s inability to produce certain necessary enzymes. Due to this inability, cells do not perform properly and cause progressive damage throughout the body, including a drastically shortened lifespan.
In December 2005, Christopher underwent an Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant at Duke University Medical Center. He had been doing well, and even started Kindergarten in September 2007, where he made many friends. Unexpectedly in December 2007, he passed away due to an infection that spread throughout his body to his heart.
June 2008 marked the First Annual Christopher's 5K Run/Walk to remember Christopher Lesta.
Please consider making a donation to ‘The Christopher Lesta Fund, Inc.’
In 2014, we reached our goal of $50,000 that benefited the children and families on the Transplant Unit at the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center. This year, proceeds will benefit a family or families in need and/or an organization on the East End. In the past, we have donated to Camp Good Grief in Westhampton Beach.
Christopher has touched many lives. His spirit continues to live on in all of us!