The Sixth Annual Pound the Pavement for Peter 5K raised over $120,000 to support children and families affected by debilitating diseases.
Atlanta, GA - The Sixth Annual Pound the Pavement for Peter took place
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Capital City Club Brookhaven. The event includes
a Family Fun Run that was started in 2009 in honor of the life of Peter
Hopkins, who suffered from a peroxisomal biogenesis disorder (PBD), a
rare genetic condition that affects all major systems of the body. Peter
passed away just before his fourth birthday, but during his short life
he touched the lives of every person he came in contact with and is remembered
for his joy and smile.
Dr. Kathryn Calhoun, a board certified reproductive endocrinologist at
Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, was one of those people who
was touched by Peter. Peter’s mother, Anne Park Hopkins, is a longtime
friend of Dr. Calhoun. For the past three years, Dr. Calhoun has served
on the race planning committee.
This event is important to me as a parent and a medical professional,”
said Dr. Calhoun, “but it is particularly poignant because the race
continues to honor my friends and their son, Peter Hopkins, who was afflicted
with a peroxisomal disorder.”
The event raised over $120,000 this year, which is a record for the event.
These funds will benefit three organizations: The Global Foundation for
Peroxisomal Disorders, The Adaptive Learning Center, and The Pediatric
Palliative Care Center at CHOA. All organizations serve to help realize
the potential and hope for families affected by PBD.
Overall, the event was a success to raise awareness and funds to help families
and children with disabilities and debilitating diseases. Dr. Calhoun
and ACRM are proud to support this wonderful event in honor of Peter Hopkins
and all families affected by debilitating diseases.