Message from Tom Coones

Welcome to our 16th year! Our event mission is to honor the lives of Jared and Jayne. 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.

We have continued to see this event grow over the past 15 years thanks to the outpouring of support we have received from the Olathe community. I want to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for their generous donations and all of our amazing volunteers that give so graciously of their time and talents. Because of you we have donated over a half million dollars to local charities in Jayne and Jared’s name to help cancer patients and their families

I realize it’s not possible to list every individual or group that has made a difference with this event. We have truly been fortunate to be on the receiving end of so many acts of kindness. The heart of this effort starts with the Pumpkin Run planning committee. This volunteer group of people works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure we have a first class event and the money we raise goes to the organizations that we support. Nobody on our committee is paid and they all give countless hours to this event. Their dedication and commitment to my family and the success of this event continues to amaze and inspire me every year. I would like to mention each one of them by name and ask that you thank them in person and let them know what a positive difference they have made in our community.

  • Sam Miceli, Race Director
  • Laura Campbell
  • Linda Boring
  • Kathy McMullin
  • Carol Brewer(Jared’s Aunt)
  • Jim Burt
  • Owen and Mary Geisz
  • Brandon and Katie Unruh
  • David and Therese Kearney
  • Jan Popek
  • Steve White
  • Kristin Clarke

 

On behalf of my family, thank you for the continued support you have provided to this event. Whether this is your first year participating or you’ve been with us since the beginning, we’re thrilled you’ve joined us on this adventure!

Blessings,
Tom