2016 Laurel Run dedicated to Diane Muench and Liz Rothwell
This year’s Laurel Run is dedicated in memory of two Laurel Run veterans who passed away recently, Diane Muench and Elizabeth Rothwell.
Diane was one of Laurel Hotelling’s oldest and dearest friends. Her story is similar to Laurel’s — when Diane was diagnosed with Down syndrome as a baby, her doctor suggested that her parents place her in an institution and move on with their lives. And like Laurel’s parents, Diane’s parents ignored the doctor’s advice and instead raised Diane themselves. Click here to read an excellent article about Diane and her family.
Diane was a regular at Laurel Run, taking part in the Laurel’s Lap. Often, she and Laurel crossed the finish line together.
Liz retired in 2015 after a 41-year career at The Resource Center. Liz was one of Laurel’s supervisors at the Dunkirk Work Center, and Laurel worked with Liz for more than 30 years. Liz took part in Laurel Run every year, going to the victory celebration in Dunkirk following the flag relay and then taking part in one of the walking events in Silver Creek.
Liz’s family has suggested that anyone wishing to make a financial contribution in Liz’s memory should direct their donation to support this year’s Laurel Run. Click here to make a donation to Laurel Run in memory of Liz or Diane. And if you are a family member or friend of Liz or Diane, we hope you’ll join us for this year’s Laurel Run. And if you can’t make it to Silver Creek for the actual Laurel Run events, you can always take part in the Virtual Laurel Run at your convenience.