Message from Tom Coones

Welcome to our 17th year! Our mission for the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5K Run / Walk is to honor the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones.  Jared was ten years old when he passed away after a lengthy, courageous battle with leukemia in 1998. Jayne was reunited with Jared in Heaven in 2006 after a difficult fight with breast cancer. We come together to honor their lives and create an event that celebrates family and community. We also raise funds for research and organizations that support cancer patients and their families. This journey started a year after Jared’s passing and has continued to grow.

This event holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. The connection to Jayne and Jared has a deep and profound meaning to me and my family. The love, support and friendships that have developed in the past 17 years have truly touched my family. The Pumpkin Run has also been about healing and helping me find my way. In 2014 I took a big step in my own personal journey and got remarried. I met Annette Kruger at YRC Freight where we both work. Annette had experienced her own heartbreak after her husband Brad died from complications with diabetes in 2008. We have been able to share our stories with each other and our time together helped us realize that our hearts were open to falling in love again. We were married October 17, 2014. I feel incredibly blessed to have her and her family in my life.

Thank you for your continued love and support. I hope you will join me and my new family at this year’s event.