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On August 4, 2012, we not only celebrated what would have been Marc’s 33rd birthday, we welcomed over 570 runners and walkers and doggies, who gathered to participate in the 4th Annual “On Your Marc” Run/Walk. This event was started in memory of our brother and son, SSG Marc. J. Small, U.S. Army Special Forces, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009. It was gratifying to have so many people come out to honor Marc and to raise over $37,000 for Small Steps in Speech (SSIS).

We would like to offer our sincere appreciation to the staff of Lower Providence Township, in particular the police and fire departments, who partnered with our family to produce this event. In addition to over 570 participants and 75 volunteers, we would like to also thank the many sponsors and in-kind donors who helped to make this event such a success.

Team Winners: For the 2nd year in a row Team Kita raised the most money for a team – over $1,200 was raised for On Your Marc.

Platinum Sponsors: Audubon Land Development, Lower Providence Township, Lower Providence Police Department and the McNett Family.

Gold Sponsors: Hawk Family, Johnson Matthey, The Lenfest Group, McGinty Family, PJM Interconnections, SEI Investments, Senator John Rafferty, State Representative Mike Vereb and Warren Kamp, Service Mark Solutions, Shannondell at Valley Forge and Streamlight.

Silver Sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Christie Family, Doctors Billing Clerk, The Loft’s at Valley Forge, Paoli Hospital, Peirce Engineering and Reilly Foam Corporation.

Bronze Sponsors: Allstate Insurance-Kevin Brooks, Ameriprise Financial Services-Terry Kita, Getz Family, Globus Medical, GoRuck, J.P. Mascaro, Lower Providence Police Association, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates, On Edge Movement Dance Studio, Play and Learn, Podiatry Care Specialists, P.S., Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Warren Lodge #310

Food and prize donors included: Brother Paul’s Restaurant, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Costco, Crossfit Valley Forge, Evansburg Boy Scout Troop 119, Evansburg Cub Scout Pack 119, Francos Family Restaurant, Frank Jones Sporting Goods, Glaceàu, Jim and Ralph’s Produce, North Wales Running Company,Penn Liberty Bank, Perk Valley Pet Eatery, Philly Pretzel Factory, Primo Hoagies, Run ID, Tosco Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Upper Merion Township, Wegmans, and Zwahlen’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Company.

Thank you also to The Times Herald, Radio 92.5, 96.5 and B101 for their coverage of the event.

We are so pleased with the incredible support from individuals, business and government, who have come together to remember a soldier while raising funds for children in need. We look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come to honor Marc’s heroic act, to celebrate his life and to support the good work of Small Steps in Speech. Thank you again to all who participated and supported the 4th Annual On Your Marc 5K Run/Walk.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Mary and Megan MacFarland
Mother and Sister of SSG Marc Small