Middletown, N.J. – On Saturday, June 14, the Middletown Lions Club Charitable Foundation will host the ‘Run To Hear & See,’ a 5k run/walk which will benefit Mary Frances, a 7-year old Middletown resident with multiple health and developmental challenges. Mary Frances attends school in the township and has undergone 17 surgeries to date for numerous health problems which affect her eyesight, hearing, balance, coordination and development. She wears glasses, hearing aids, a non-evasive halo brace at night, and shoe lifts in her right foot to compensate for leg length discrepancy. She suffers from asthma, scoliosis, congenital hip dysplasia, failure to thrive, global development delay, thoracic insufficiency syndrome and additional health challenges. Because Mary Frances needs continual medical interventions including but not limited to physical therapy, ocular therapy, speech and feeding therapies, some of which are not covered by insurance, her family has been struggling financially and is in need of assistance. All proceeds from the ‘Run To Hear & See’ will benefit the family.

Open to runners and walkers of all ages, the event will be held rain or shine on at ThompsonPark, located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, N.J. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race will start promptly at 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $20 for each participant. A tee shirt is included with the fee, and medals and trophies will be awarded in all age groups. The course is a combination of grass, trails, and paved surfaces. Press Communications LLC, operator of Thunder106.com, will provide musical entertainment.

To encourage high school and college-age students to participate, a random drawing for a $1,000 scholarship will be held. Any high school or college student who finishes will be automatically entered into the drawing for the Josephine A. Fernicola Scholarship, which will be presented by Anthony Fernicola of Point Pleasant, N.J. 

Registration forms are available on the website of the Middletown Lions Club, www.mlions.org, or by contacting ‘Run To Hear & See’ Chairman Lion John Giordano at (732) 996-7495. Sponsorships are also available to individuals and businesses. All checks should be made payable to the Middletown Lions Club Charitable Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 75, Middletown, N.J.07748, attention John Giordano. Advanced registrations should be mailed no later than June 9. Runners and walkers can also register on the day of the event. Donations from those who cannot attend the event but want to help are encouraged.

Chartered in 1946 under Lions International, the Middletown Lions Club is an all- volunteer service organization consisting of men and women who help the community through various charitable service and fundraising initiatives and programs. The club assists individuals and families in need both locally and globally through their unique 501C3 foundation, The Middletown Lions Club Foundation. Lions the world over are known as ‘Knights of the Blind’ and were challenged directly by Helen Keller to dedicate themselves to the cause of blindness. The Middletown Lions Club underwrites a charitable community initiative that provides free eye exams, eye glasses and hearing aids for those who cannot afford them and who meet specific financial criteria. In addition, the all-volunteer vision screening team, the ‘Knights of Sight,’ provides free vision screenings for elementary school children in local school districts. Members also volunteer directly at the Bayshore Lunch Program in Keyport, N.J. More information is available on the club website, www.mlions.org