Go Team Berry!
Friends and strangers run for the Berry kids at the Chevron Houston Marathon
Over the past six months, the Berry children have been looked after by their home community and their favorite celebrities. This weekend, they will be honored on their parents' old stomping grounds: The Chevron Houston Marathon.
"Robin and Josh [Berry] both ran the half-marathon last year," explained Gavriella Roisman, co-captain of Team Berry, a group running in honor of the Berry family. "After the race, people took photos of them holding hands together with their medals."
Just months later, over the July Fourth weekend, the family was involved in a car accident in West Texas that claimed the lives of both parents. Their children, Peter, Aaron and Willa, were left orphaned and injured.
Joggers, walkers, seasoned runners, longtime friends, young classmates, community members and complete strangers will run in support of the Joshua and Robin Berry Children's Trust.
"The accident happened around the time that the lottery for the Houston Marathon was taking place," said Roisman.
Roisman's daughter attends Beth Yeshurun Day School with the Berry children and, together with co-captains Mark Strug and Marc Feldman, helped to organize a team. Friends of the family knew that the kids were going to have ongoing personal needs and medical issues into the future (both Peter and Aaron suffered spinal cord injuries), and they wanted to help out in any and every way they could.
Team Berry came about as a fund- and awareness-raising opportunity — and, though the Houston Marathon had already chosen the Run for a Reason charity program recipients, organizers have supported the team in its efforts.
The mixed team of 5K, half marathon and marathon runners currently consists of more than 150 registrants: Joggers, walkers, seasoned runners, longtime friends, young classmates, community members and complete strangers will run in support of the Joshua and Robin Berry Children's Trust.
For an $18 team registration fee (which goes directly to the trust), participants will receive a promotional T-shirt and the satisfaction of supporting an amazing family.
The team has raised more than $4,000 to-date, but Roisman expects to see more donations through the end of the week and post-race. Feldman, a partner in the Village Family Practice, has encouraged employee participation in the race and promised to match their funds, as have other team members.