Updated: Monday, 18
Jul 2011, 10:36 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 17 Jul 2011, 2:52 PM EDT
· Erin Cox
The GE Raod Race is a fundraiser for thr Petit Family Foundation. It's a 5K race and a 1.5 mile fitness walk. Kids participate in a 400-meter fun run. The kids race for fun, the adult runners seem to keep in mind that each step is in memory of a family lost.
"It's always sad but I think the first time was like really, really sad, like devastation," volunteer Maureen Heslin said, "and now it's more like turning over to the positive side."
It was July 23, 2007,
when Jennifer Hawke Petit, and daughters Hayley and
Michela were killed in the
He always shows up to
this event getting handshakes, hugs, saying seeing volunteers reminds him the
community still cares.
Dr William Petit, the survivor, said, "Just being there for someone else if you have a friend that is hurt and in trouble sometimes all you have to do is be there so I thought about that these people represent the presence of the greater community."
He also says the atmosphere has evolved from sadness to community spirit. The anniversary of the event understood, but raising money the focus.