Message from Tom Coones

Welcome to our 19th year!

If you are new to our event, our 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.

My family has been blessed with so many incredible friends and supporters of this event. They have been at the core of our success and the spirit that exemplifies this event. One of those special friends is Pat Brayman. Pat died peacefully at home on July 17 with her husband, Walter, at her side. I worked with Pat for over 20 years, and she became a very special and close friend to me and my family. Later in life, she became an accomplished marathoner, qualifying for the Boston Marathon on several occasions and completing races both throughout the U.S. and also in Prague and London. She also graced the Pumpkin Run stage many times while winning her age group.

Pat and Walter have also been wonderful ambassadors for the Pumpkin Run. They generously donate all of the pumpkins for the event. Each year they travel to Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch in Lawrence to pick up all of the pumpkins for the run, including the miniature pumpkins for the Tot Trot. Schaake’s was the pumpkin patch where Jared used to go, and it has held special meaning for my family. The Brayman’s make a special trip to Lawrence to keep that connection strong. That’s the type of friend Pat was to me and to many others who will miss her deeply. To honor Pat’s life, we are renaming the “Tot Trot” to the “Pat Brayman Tot Trot”. Her love of family, friends, and running will forever be connected to the Pumpkin Run. She will be missed.

I hope you will join me and my family at this year’s event.