Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, 2018

The Legacy of Sunny Carney

Here is a 8 minute video of the story of Sunny Carney.  Sunny is the reason the Miles of Smiles 5K and the recipient of proceeds from the 2008 to 2012 MOS 5K. Sunny passed away from carcinoid cancer on 11/3/12. SOS loves our friend and misses her dearly. Sunny shared some of her proceeds of these races with other cancer patients, and she believed in the idea that this race should benefit members of our community with true need. This is the legacy that Sunny left to SOS. We will always conduct the MOS 5K in a manner that honors and remembers this mother, wife, daughter, friend, warrior against cancer, and hero to all who knew her.

On a personal note, the empathy for humanity that Sunny possessed was infectious.  As the founder and Executive Director of SOS, I do not believe that SOS would exist if I had not met Sunny Jennings Carney.  The skills I learned while helping coordinate those first few races at the Plum Midget Football Field I still use today to help create events that would make Sunny proud and create students who have that “Sunny” disposition for the world that my friend did.  I hope this event makes you smile every year we conduct our MOS 5K because this race will always in my heart be the Miles of Smiles for Sunny.

Christopher M. Cooley

Executive Director of Serving Other Souls, Inc.

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Race Information

Information on Registration Fees

Cost of race:

Present through April5, 2018 – 5K/1 Mile Walk costs $15 donation (Early bird fee)

April 6, 2018 through May 9, 2018 – 5K/1 Mile walk costs $20 donation (regular fee)

All runners/walkers registered by May 9th, 2018 will be guaranteed  a race t-shirt

May 10, 2018  through May 21, 2018 (mail-in registrations) – $25 donation (Late fee)

(no mail-in registration forms accepted if post-dated after May 21st to ensure we all registrations by raceday)

May 10, 2018 through May 27, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM  (online registrations) – $25 donation (Late fee)

Day of Race (As of 12 AM May 28, 2018) – $30 donation (Day of Race fee)

Any registrations (either mail-in or online) from May 10, 2018 through Day of Race will only receive a race event t-shirt while supplies last, which is typically only a few days after the end of the regular rate deadline.

How Race Proceeds Will Be Distributed

Serving Other Souls is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is fronting the required monies to conduct this year and all future years of the Miles of Smiles 5K events.  Any 5K requires immense planning and fronting of money that is spent before a single runner steps on the course.  Below you will find a link to a ledger to all expenses, dates of payment, and reasons for purchases that Serving Other Souls has fronted the Miles of Smiles event in order to conduct our event.


With the total proceeds of race, Serving Other Souls will:

1.) Repay the debts the organization incurred to put the race together

2.) Once all debts have been re-paid, S.O.S. will make a financial contribution to the new net total so the organization can too donate towards the benefiting families.

3.) SOS uses the Miles of Smiles 5K as one of our primary fundraisers to generate the funds needed to run our events.  Therefore, SOS keeps a percentage of the net proceeds to help fund our events.  SOS went to this model a few years ago when decided to grow multiple chapters of SOS and needed a primary bank surplus not tied to any one chapter of SOS (FR, Plum, Monroeville).  The portion of the MOS 5K net proceeds SOS keeps allows us to fund our food drive, clothing drive, Ronald McDonald House trips, and set the each Miles of Smiles 5K annually.

4.) The remaining percent of net proceeds after all expenses have been repaid and S.O.S. has made a contribution to the event, will be split between the number of recipients of that year’s race. Typically, the distribution of these funds is split evenly between the recipients, but SOS reserves the right to split these funds in whatever ratio the SOS Board of Directors sets forth to meet the needs of the families that the SOS Board of Directors voted to support.  If you view the link for previous Miles of Smiles families, the amount that SOS has donated to the family is listed.  Since our 1st SOS Miles of Smiles 5K event, we have given out between $4400 per family up to $11,000 per family depending on how many families were splitting the proceeds and amount of net proceeds.  Please contact S.O.S. with questions or concerns.

Awards given at MOS 5K

The Miles of Smiles 5K provides 1st and/or 2nd Place Awards for these categories:

Overall Top Male
(1st & 2nd place receive trophy)
Overall Top Female
(1st & 2nd place receive trophy)
Male Masters Winner
(Top male 40 years or older receives trophy)
Female Masters Winner
(Top female 40 years or older receives trophy)
9 years old and under Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
9 years old and under Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
10 – 14 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
10 – 14 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
15 – 19 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
15 – 19 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
20 – 29 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
20 – 29 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
30 – 39 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
30 – 39 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
40 – 49 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
40 – 49 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
50 – 59 years old Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
50 – 59 years old Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
60 years old and older Male
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)
60 years old and older Female
(1st & 2nd place receive medal)

Directions to Race

Event Itinerary

6:30 – 7:30 AM – Volunteers arrive

7:30 AM – Registration table opens

7:45 AM – Bake sale opens.
Last year’s bake sale had cakes from Jennuine Cakes and Cafe and goodies from Spinola’s Bakery, plus tons of homemade baked goods from loving Franklin Regional families.

8 AM – Chinese Auction opens.
Last year, our auction included amazing baskets such as a over 50 amazing baskets that annually raise thousands of dollars for our event due to the amazing baskets donated! Bring your wallet or checkbook!

8 AM – Plumline Nursery trees & shrubs go on sale. Plumline donates inventory from their stock and SOS offers these items at 50-75% off retail price as an additional fundraiser for our event! Bring you wallet or checkbook!

8:50 AM Opening ceremony & National Anthem

9:00 AM – 5K Race Begins

9:05 AM – 1 Mile Walk Begins

9:15 to 10:15 AM – Refreshments & music

10:15 AM – Chinese auction and tree sales closes

 10:15 – 10:30 AM  – 5K awards & auction winner named

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Participants leave event.  See you next year!

10:45 AM – 12 PM – Volunteers Clean Field and Race Course

Packet Pick-up Info

For any 5K run or 1 mile walk participants who pre-registered, race packet pick-up location is at Pro Bike+Run in Miracle Mile Shopping Center (directions link below) from:

11AM to 3 PM on Saturday, May 26th and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, May 27th, 2018


For those of you planning on using GPS to get to Pro Bikes + Run, the store address is as follows:

4030 William Penn Highway
Miracle Mile Shopping Center
Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-457-0474


For those who wish to print directions to the store: when you click the link below, it will take you to a Google Map site of the store.  Click “directions” tab on the pop up screen.  Finally, enter the address you will be leaving from to come to the gym in slot A (Pro Bikes + Run is in slot B), and click “get directions” for a tailor-made direction list from your home .


Click here for Google Map directions to Pro Bike+Run


Any other pre-registered runners and walkers can pick up their race packet the morning of the race by visiting the “Pre-Registration booth” inside the Boyce Park Ski Lodge between 7:30 AM and 8:45 AM on race morning.

View the virtual tour of the Miles of Smiles 5K

Plumline Nursery Tree and Shrub Sale

Plumline Nursery has been very generous to the Miles of Smiles 5K over the years.  The time of year of the 5K works well for Plumline to donate the remaining trees and scrubs from their summer inventory before the winter, and Serving Other Souls will offer these items at an amazingly discounted rate.  Cash and checks will be accepted at this sale.  Checks should be made out to Serving Other Souls.  The proceeds of the tree and scrub sale will be added to the total net proceeds of our 5K event that will be split equally between our families.

Chinese Auction of Gift Baskets

The previous Miles of Smiles 5K events collected an amazing assortment of specialty gift baskets from the 2008 – 2011 basket auctions at Plum Midget Football Field that were part of the Chinese Auctions in which all proceeds went to Sunny.  In 2012, SOS received even more baskets for our 2012 auction that benefited the family of Kristin Croyle, Lorri Nixon, and Sunny Carney. In 2013, our Chinese Auction was a sight to behold and our largest ever as we support Bruce and Susan’s families.  Every year since, our basket raffle has set records surpassing quantity of baskets and value of donations from the baskets.  Your donation is tax deductible (if paperwork is requested from SOS) and you or your company can gain sponsorship benefits for your donation.  Click the sponsorship link to view these benefits.  If you chose to donate one to our cause, please contact our Basket Coordinator, Lisa Donnelly at lapdonnelly@verizon.net if you wish to donate a basket to our auction. If you have further questions, please contact S.O.S.  Please bring your cash or checkbook to our event and plan on spending a great deal of money to pay tribute to these courageous families and a wonderful cause!! (Please make checks out to Serving Other Souls)

All Baskets need to be delivered to Franklin Regional Middle School by 5/25/18. Please email SOS so we can create ticket bin for your donated basket ahead of time.

Cost of tickets to use in Chinese auction will be announced at signs at our event.  Please plan on bringing your checkbook or wallet!!

Winners not present at 10:15 to 10:30 AM to claim prizes for Chinese Auction Baskets will be contacted to pick up prizes

History of the Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Serving Other Souls (S.O.S.), www.servingothersouls.org, is a servant-leadership group built to create leaders through service based initiatives.  The members of S.O.S. are students of Franklin Regional Middle School, in Murrysville, PA, who are dedicated to helping individuals with great need.  S.O.S members can offer their time, talent, or treasure to S.O.S service projects that aim to improve the lives of those who require aid. The overall goal of Serving Other Souls is to increase empathy and decrease apathy in all S.O.S. members as we serve those souls who require assistance. As S.O.S. members participate in service events, they are trained in finding those in crisis and developing a plan to help those individuals attain the necessary material, physical, or emotional support to relieve the crisis. With these beliefs and goals in mind, Serving Other Souls creates service events that have the opportunity to help those in need; improve the character of the students who volunteer; and possibly most important, offer hope to all those who attend an S.O.S. event that the world and the souls who live on it are worth smiling about.

Therefore, in the fall of 2012, Serving Other Souls was excited about the opportunity to assume the responsibility of the Miles of Smiles (MOS) for Sunny 5K from Running for a Reason (R4R), a disbanded non-profit organization that was originally created to organize and implement the Miles of Smiles for Sunny 5K. The group, R4R, existed from 2008 through 2011 and was disbanded when the executive board members could not come to a common vision on the future plans of R4R after 4 years of running the event.   From 2008 through 2011, MOS 5K generated tens of thousands of dollars for the namesake of the event, Sunny Carney, a Plum mother of three sons. Sunny was afflicted for over ten years with a rare and incurable form of cancer called carcinoid cancer. Since the disease is so rare, insurance rarely covered the treatments for this type of cancer. Sunny fought this disease with a determination and grace regardless of the financial obligations and her actions have inspired those who knew her.  Unfortunately,  Sunny lost her battle to carcinoid cancer on Nov. 3, 2012, the evening before our 2012 SOS Miles of Smiles 5K.  The race the following day was an amazing tribute to a strong and remarkable woman.  Since the inception of this race, the MOS 5K events have allowed so many people to share their financial and emotional support with Sunny and now other needy souls, and in return, these races provided Sunny and the others that we serve with the faith, hope, and love to help in their fight of the incurable diseases.

Volunteer, Donation, and Vendor Opportunities

SOS is using Signup.com as our app to advertise our material donation needs, our volunteer needs, and vendor spots for this event.  Please click this Sign-up link to the right to taken to the volunteer signup header quarters for the MOS 5K. If you have used Signup.com before, your email contact will be recognized the moment you enter into the app.  If you are a first timer to Signup.com, it will ask you for your name and email so you receive updates about the volunteer positions that you may sign up for.  Please make sure you use our FULL NAME when signing up and not a nickname like pinkpuppy6, because SOS will not know who is filling the job.

The volunteer spots are both for actual jobs that need completed on May 27th and 28th and to sign up to make material donations such as donating bottles of water, bananas, bagels, etc.  Click the icon below to view the jobs or sign up to donate materials to our event.

Vendors can also sign up via the Signup app.  We will welcome up to 5 vendors, with a new reduced $25 registration fee, but vendors will now be offered a table outside on the patio behind the ski lodge near the Plumline Tree and Shrub sale.  Click here if you are a vendor to print the vendor form that will reserve a table at the Miles of Smiles 5k. 

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Current and Former Race Proceeds Recipients of MOS 5K

Welcome to the stories that make why do this event come to life.  Each of these stories has impacted countless lives of those who know and love these individuals and many of those who have supported the MOS 5K over the years have become fast friends with these souls as well which just grows the love that both these families and the world desperately need.

Brice Beaver - 2018 MOS 5K

In December 2017, doctors diagnosed Brice Beaver, 50, of Murrysville with esophageal cancer consistent with long-term Barrett’s esophagus. After undergoing many tests, Brice opted to go out of his health plan’s network to participate in a clinical trial led by Johns Hopkins University and available through the Allegheny Health Network’s Esophageal and Lung Institute. Participation in the trial offers Brice access to the most cutting-edge treatments available to fight this deadly disease. Esophageal cancer is not only the fastest growing type of cancer in the US, but also the one that took his mother’s life at age 53.

Through the trial Brice receives immunotherapy as a supplement to chemotherapy and radiation. Researchers believe that immunotherapy helps the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells and enhances the effectiveness of chemo-radiation. After finishing immunotherapy and chemo-radiation at the end of March, Brice has six weeks to rest and recover before undergoing surgery. The surgical procedure, known as a minimally invasive esophagectomy, will be done by Dr. Blair Jobe, one of the nation’s preeminent esophageal disease specialists, pioneering surgeon, prolific researcher, and the trial’s Pittsburgh-based Principal Investigator. Brice is expected to be off from work for 4-6 weeks post-surgery.

Brice and his wife Julie, have been married for almost 27 years. After living in Vienna and then Reston Virginia for 10 years, they moved back to Murrysville in 2001. Brice and Julie have two sons, Brenden (20), who is a sophomore at the College of Saint Rose, and Garrett (16), who is a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School.

They were awarded $5600 by SOS on June 20, 2018 from the proceeds of the 2018 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Brent Brewster - 2018 MOS 5K

Brent is the youngest of three active boys. He loves mountain biking, swimming, music, singing, skiing, and anything outdoors. Forever keeping up with his brothers he has learned to push himself hard, not complain, but enjoy life as it comes.  

Brent’s life changed September 2017 when his physician discovered a lump that had not been there before. He underwent an ultra sound and initial surgery to remove the tumor.  Brent’s diagnosis was Rhabdomyosarcoma a form of soft tissue cancer that impacts 350 children annually in the US.

His diagnosis required an immediate second major surgery called retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy, he now has a scar from his sternum to below his belly button.  One week after surgery was Brent’s first Homecoming dance. Our first glimpse of his strength and unwillingness to give in to the diagnosis was evident as he went with friends and his date for pictures and dinner. He could not go to the dance as walking was a struggle.  The following week Brent started an aggressive 9 month Chemo plan designed to kill any remaining cancer cells. Chemotherapy impacts motor skills but undaunted Brent continued to swim for the school swim team. A fellow swimmer summed up Brent’s drive and attitude by saying, “ watching Brent always being the first off the wall for the next set inspired him to push through his own limitations.”    

The same drive and can do attitude Brent learned early in life pushes him onward not looking for sympathy and excuses but to achieve the next goal.  Chemo will conclude at the end of July 2018.  As a family, girlfriend, doctor, or community we support Brent and others in need.  In turn from Brent and his battle against cancer we receive inspiration to overcome our own adversity.       

They were awarded $5600 by SOS on June 20, 2018 from the proceeds of the 2018 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Aubrey Hussey - 2018 MOS 5K

Everyone has a story to tell. This is Aubrey’s….

Prior to last January, life was typical for Aubrey Hussey, an adorable, 3-year old ball of energy who loves the color blue, Paw Patrol and playing with her older brothers, Nathan (9) and Ryan (6).

In one instant though, typical life changed for Aubrey and her family.

After spending an evening at the local YMCA pool, Aubrey’s mom, Patty, noticed tiny red dots on Aubrey’s chest that weren’t there earlier in the day, unaware that the seemingly harmless dots were petechiae, or very small blood vessels that have leaked or bled.

Concerned when the dots had not cleared up by morning, Patty took Aubrey to the walk-in clinic at their pediatrician’s office. Following a brief examination, the pediatrician advised Patty to call her husband Darren, arrange childcare for Nathan and Ryan, and immediately rush Aubrey to the ER at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP).  

Later that afternoon, physicians diagnosed Aubrey with leukemia, a progressive form of cancer originating in blood cells and bone marrow and the most common childhood cancer in children ages 2-4. Bloodwork and early testing revealed that Aubrey was suffering from pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ALL, a cancer that originates in the body’s B cells and suppresses the body’s ability to fight infection.

Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, treatment began immediately. Within three short days, Aubrey was implanted with a central venous port designed to administer chemotherapy and endured multiple transfusions, blood draws, several bone marrow biopsies and numerous spinal taps.

Aubrey is still in the beginning stages of care, with total treatment expected to last approximately two years. Following three more phases of intense, months-long chemotherapy, she will advance to a maintenance level of treatment, with hope of full remission.

Unfortunately, both the disease and treatment options have weakened Aubrey’s immune system, limiting the amount of exposure or interaction she can have with others. A simple fever can mean a trip to the ER.

 

Despite her struggle, Aubrey’s prognosis is good. She is doing well, surrounded by the support of wonderful family and friends.

They were awarded $5600 by SOS on June 20, 2018 from the proceeds of the 2018 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Brian Stroup - 2018 & 2016 MOS 5K

Brian Stroup, 48, of Murrysville was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Jan 2011. In Brian’s seven years of fighting the cancer, he had endured radiation, 7 major surgeries and received 65 courses of chemotherapy.   Brian is married to his wife, Lisa, and their children are Conor (15), Emily (13), and Alayna (11).

Brian asked for SOS to add this statement from him:

“With faith,  I continue to fight for my friends, family, my wife and children.  And I will always fight this disease…..”

They were awarded $5600 by SOS on June 20, 2018 from the proceeds of the 2018 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

They were awarded $8000 by SOS on June, 2016 from the proceeds of the 2016 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Chris Chamberlain - 2017 MOS 5K

The Chamberlain family has encountered many unfortunate events over the past several years. Beginning in February of 2013, Frank, Chris Chamberlain’s husband, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The doctors thought that he was having gallbladder issues never thinking it was something serious.  Frank was doing well with treatment until in November when the chemo stopped working. He quickly deteriorated and passed away one day short of a year of his diagnosis in February of 2014.

In September of 2016,  Chris Chamberlain had a mammogram done and docs found two tumors in her left breast. My doctor immediately sent her to a surgeon and they determined that she had stage 3 breast cancer. She is currently receiving chemo and will undergo surgery in March of 2017. After her surgery, Chris had have six weeks of radiation five days a week and will hopefully have a good prognosis.

They were awarded $5145 by SOS on June, 2017 from the proceeds of the 2017 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Ken Millett - 2017 MOS 5K

Ken has been out of work since the end of the month of october 2013 when he was diagnosed with three inoperable tumors on his spinal cord.  Ken’s neurosurgeon recommended that he apply for disability.    In June 2016,  Ken was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  He had surgery to remove it on August 4th, 2016.  The surgeon stated he was able to remove all the cancer during the surgery, but stated that there was a 90% chance the cancer could return.  Ken lives with his fiance, Lori, her son, Shayne (16), and his son, Justin (22). Ken had to return to limited work since Lori had back surgery and could not keep working as a nurse.  All of these medical needs for this family have caused the family a financial crisis that SOS hopes the race proceeds helped.

They were awarded $5145 by SOS on June, 2017 from the proceeds of the 2017 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Monica Pilyih - 2017 MOS 5K

Monica Pilyih a wife and mother of 3 daughters. She has dealt with health issues for over 20 years being due to being diagnosed with ITP and RA . In 2016, Monica received a diagnosis  of breast cancer and lymphoma.  Due to all the medical needs that Monica has faced, her family was facing extreme financial hardships.  SOS hopes that the proceeds from the race assisted Monica and her family.

They were awarded $5145 by SOS on June, 2017 from the proceeds of the 2017 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Robin Wareham - 2017 & 2016 MOS 5K

Robin Wareham, 54, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rectal cancer in Nov 2015.   Robin began treatment for her cancer shortly after that.  She was briefly hospitalized with complications of her treatment, but she found a way to persevere through and hopes to complete treatment in Aug 2016.  Robin is married to her husband, Jeff and their children are Matthew (18) and Michael (16). Michael was very active in SOS while at the Middle School.   After Robin completed her initial treatment regiment for rectal cancer, doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized and moved to her lungs.  On March 17th, 2017, Robin had surgery on her one lung to remove the two spots on her one lung.  The spot on her other lung will have to wait for a future surgery.  The newer diagnosis in 2017 is why she was chosen a recipient for 2017 as well as a 2016 recipient.

They were awarded $5145 by SOS on June, 2017 from the proceeds of the 2017 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

They were awarded $8000 by SOS on June, 2016 from the proceeds of the 2016 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Stephen Johnston - 2016 MOS 5K

Stephen Johnston, 54, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rare and aggressive type of bladder cancer in Nov 2015.  Stephen had his first surgery in Dec 2015, and he will started treatments starting in Feb 2016.  Stephen is married to his wife, Kathy, and their children are Ethan (17), Zack (14), and Jonah (11).  Their son, Zack, has attended SOS events, such as the Homeless Shelter Clothing Donation trip.

They were awarded $8000 by SOS on June, 2016 from the proceeds of the 2016 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Christine Laliberte - 2016 MOS 5K

Christine Laliberte, 52, of Murrysville was diagnosed with rectal cancer in Sept 2014.  Christine has endured several surgeries and chemotherapy over the last few years.  Christine has also dealt with the complications of suffering a stroke, needing a ileostomy bag due to surgery, and multiple severe infections.  Christine lives with her daughter, Tori (16) and has 3 older children. Tori was a SOS member for multiple years while at the middle school.

They were awarded $8000 by SOS on June, 2016 from the proceeds of the 2016 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Lorri Nixon - 2015 & 2012 MOS 5K

Lorri’s family respectfully declined a portion of the net proceeds in 2013 since they felt Plum families has been so good to them during her continuing struggle through leukemia.  Lorri was the person who suggested that SOS reach out to the family of Susan Pinal (see above) to determine if the Pinal family would consider a portion of the net proceeds.  This is just one of countless example of love for others that Lorri and her family has witnessed to her friends, family, and the Serving Other Souls organization.  We are in awe of her courage and SOS believes that Lorri Nixon is a true American hero.

Lorri Nixon is a mom of three who is battling Leukemia. She and her husband Tom reside in Plum Borough with their son and two daughters. Lorri suffered a cerebral aneursym in 1996 and developed hard to control seizures after the surgery. In 2007, Lorri had a mini-stroke and they discovered she had a serious blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. She then developed Leukemia. She has undergone many blood transfusions, rounds of chemotherapy and clinical trials and they have not been able to get her into remission. Lorri has also endured a great amount of bone pain, physical exhaustion, and long periods of isolation due to a compromised immune system. She was an elementary teacher and reading specialist before she became ill and has tutored many children in our community.  Lorri has a strong faith in God and cherishes each day she has with her family.

They were awarded $11000 by SOS on June, 2015 from the proceeds of the 2015 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

They were awarded $4400 by SOS on Sept. 2012 from the proceeds of the 2012 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Miracle League of Western PA - 2015 MOS 5K

Have you heard the crack of the bat? …the cheers of the crowd? …or seen the smiles of the players when they take the field?  There is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster’s eyes.  But for people facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity has often been difficult to achieve.  The Miracle League of Western PA removes the barriers that keep people with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.  Our Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.  But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids.  To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer.  The result is a bond that cannot be described.

They were awarded $8575 by SOS on June, 2015 from the proceeds of the 2015 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Bruce Linhart - 2013 MOS 5K

Bruce Linhart, 48, of Plum suffered from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC).  PSC is a disease of the bile ducts that causes inflammation and subsequent obstruction of bile ducts both inside and outside the liver level. The inflammation impeded the flow of bile to  the gut, which could ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer.  .  Bruce’s health forced him to leave his work at HJ Heinz in Nov. 2012.  In Nov. 2013, Bruce received a portion of his relative’s (Andrew) liver, and the live-donor transplant was a massive success, and Bruce is healthy and back at work.  

They were awarded $9600 by SOS on Sept. 2013 from the proceeds of the 2013 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Susan Pinal - 2013 MOS 5K

Susan Ann (Clancy) Pinal, teacher and librarian for Plum Borough School District, passed away on May 30, 2013 at the age of 36. Susan was the wife of Rudy Pinal and mother of Daniel (3.5 years old) and Michael (5 months). Susan died suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of bilateral pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.  According to Mr. Pinal, it is very difficult to know when a person may have a clot that is caused by deep vein thrombosis or if a person’s blood is more likely to form clots than other individuals.  He also stated that the bilateral pulmonary embolism is very hard to correct once it has started. 50% of net proceeds of the race were donated to Susan’s Memorial Fund for Daniel & Michael’s future educational endeavors.

They were awarded $9600 by SOS on Sept. 2013 from the proceeds of the 2013 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Kristin Croyle - 2012 MOS 5K

Kristin Croyle and her family were recipients of one-third of the net proceeds from the 2012 Miles of Smiles for the Gals ($4,400).  “Kristin Croyle was very passionate about her family of five boys and three girls and her loving husband, Lance.  Not only was she nurturing to her family but to everyone who knew her.  Kristin lived her life by the word of the Lord. Her incredible drive to help and do things for others had a very special way of building faith and strength in the people that met her and knew her.  In December of 2011, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  On August 12, 2012, after an intense battle, determination and strong will to be here to raise her children, the Lord took her home.  Along this short journey, Kristin unknowingly brought so many people together with her faith, hope, and passion for the Lord and her family.  Her love and spirit will continue to bless our hearts.”

They were awarded $4400 by SOS on Sept. 2012 from the proceeds of the 2012 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Sunny Carney - 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, & 2008 MOS 5K

Sunny Carney and her family were recipients of all net proceeds from 2008- 2011 MOS 5K (non-SOS event from 2008-2011, so SOS has no records of what Sunny received from these events). Our race’s namesake passed away from carcinoid cancer on Nov.3, 2012, the morning before the 2012 Miles of Smiles 5K.  The race the following day was an amazing tribute to a strong and remarkable woman.  Since the inception of this race, the MOS 5K events have allowed so many people to share their financial and emotional support with Sunny and now other needy souls, and in return, these races provided Sunny and the others that we serve with the faith, hope, and love to help in their fight of the incurable diseases.  The blurb below was Sunny’s original data that her family presented to SOS to share, and we left it unchanged as a testament to the legacy that she forged and her family, friends, and SOS tries to help other remember to inspire us all in our moments of need.

Sunny Carney lived in Plum Borough with her husband, Mark, and their three sons. After over a decade of suffering from carcinoid Cancer, Sunny Jennings Carney has decided to fight back. She had currently undergone two proven treatments in Basel, Switzerland and is planning to return for two more. She also went to Houston, Texas for a six month period to undergo experimental treatments that looked promising but are not FDA approved. She had exhausted all the FDA approved treatments here in the United States and will not accept that this is all there is for her. She has dedicated her fight to help others understand this rare cancer and to find successful treatments in the United States. Her strong faith in God and will to never quit has turned a 6 month life expectancy to multiple years before she passed in 2012.

They were awarded $4400 by SOS on Sept. 2012 from the proceeds of the 2012 Miles of Smiles 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

The 2008-2011 Miles of Smiles 5K race were conducted by Running for a Reason, and SOS does not have access to what monies were awarded to Sunny during these races.

Sponsorship Opportunities with the MOS 5K

Welcome to the Miles of Smiles 5K sponsorship information center.  Here you can view current and past sponsors of our race.  Sponsors are classified by cash donations ($) or product donations (P).


Click to view or print our MOS 5K Sponsorship Application


Anyone can donate to make a non-sponsorship donation that is tax-deductible towards the race via our online giving portal, and during the online setup, indicate that the donation is for the MOS 5K. (click here to make an online donation toward the race with a credit card)


Due to the size of some of the donations made by larger companies, SOS requests that all sponsorship payments be paid via check instead of via online donation.  SOS must absorb a 2.3% fee from PayPal on each donation made online, and these PayPal fees will lessen the net proceeds we can offer our families in need.  Again, sponsorship opportunities need to be paid with check. 

2018 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsors

2018 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsorships

Business or Company Name Level of Sponsorship

(Ironman – 5K)

Type of Sponsorship

[Financial ($) or Product (P)]

Ironman Level

$2500+ donation

Ironman Level

Ironman Level $  Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Ironman Level

$1000 – $2499 donation

Half-Ironman Level

Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship (pending)

Western PA Appraisal Services, LLC

Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship
Half-Ironman Level $ Sponsorship
Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship
Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship
Half-Ironman Level $  Sponsorship

Marathon Level

$500 – $999 donation

Marathon Level

Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  Sponsorship

JD Printing, Inc.

Marathon Level P Sponsorship

(print Plum flyers)

Marathon Level P Sponsorship

(print FR flyers)

Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Marathon Level

$100 – $499 donation

Half-Marathon Level

Knights of Columbus, Council 4925 Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
Puff Discount Tobacco Half-Marathon Level $ Sponsorship
Panichelle Financial Group Half-Marathon Level $ Sponsorship
Carr & Associates Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
St. John the Baptist Ladies of Charity Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
Nesbit Lanes, Inc. Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
Kish Windows and Doors Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
Franklin Regional Education Association Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship
Plum Borough Educational Association Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
bedbathhome.com (Altmeyer’s Online Store) Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)
S&T Bank (Plum & Murrysville) Half-Marathon Level $  Sponsorship (pending)

10K Level

$75 – $99 donation

10K Level

The Swift Family Half-Marathon Level P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

5K Level

$50 – $74 donation

5K Level

Gateway Grill Half-Marathon Level P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

2017 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsors

2017 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsorships

Business or Company Name Level of Sponsorship

(Ironman – 5K)

Type of Sponsorship

[Financial ($) or Product (P)]

Ironman Level

$2500+ donation

Ironman Level

Ironman Level ($) Sponsorship

Western PA Appraisal Services, LLC

Ironman Level ($) Sponsorship

Half-Ironman Level

$1000 – $2499 donation

Half-Ironman Level

Half-Ironman Level ($) Sponsorship
Half-Ironman Level ($) Sponsorship

Marathon Level

$500 – $999 donation

Marathon Level

Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
 D&M Mechanical Contracting, Inc.412-793-2051 Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Marathon Level

$100 – $499 donation

Half-Marathon Level

Franklin Regional Education Association Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 JD Printing Inc. Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship
Sean & Shannon Logan Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Ken Scheer via grant from Morgan Stanley Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Nesbit’s Bowling Lanes Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
The family of  Dr. Glasspool Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Puff Discount Tobacco Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Panichelle Financial Group LLC Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
S&T Bank  Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Knights of Columbus Council 4925 Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 J & B Schreck Construction Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Regis & Diane Synan Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Ladd Wagner State Farm Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Premier Medical Associates Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Kish Windows and Doors Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Bowser Automotive Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Bella Luna Restaurant Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Mayor Bob Brooks Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Ladies of CharitySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
 Rolling Field Golf Club Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship
 Signs of Excellence Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship

10K Level

$75 – $99 donation

10K Level

Redfin Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship
Jennuine Cakes and Cafe Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship
Spinola Bakery Half-Marathon Level (P) Sponsorship

5K Level

$50 – $74 donation

5K Level

Yushinski Bros. Lawncare Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
Mail & Copy Plus, Murrysville Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship
John H. Newell DMD Half-Marathon Level ($) Sponsorship

2016 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsors

2016 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsorships

Business or Company Name Level of Sponsorship

(Ironman – 5K)

Type of Sponsorship

[Financial ($) or Product (P)]

Ironman Level

$2500+ donation

Ironman Level

Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Ironman Level

$1000 – $2499 donation

Half-Ironman Level

Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship

Marathon Level

$500 – $999 donation

Marathon Level

Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Marathon Level

$100 – $499 donation

Half-Marathon Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

10K Level

$75 – $99 donation

10K Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

5K Level

$50 – $74 donation

5K Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

2015 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsors

2015 Miles of Smiles 5K Sponsorships

Business or Company Name Level of Sponsorship

(Ironman – 5K)

Type of Sponsorship

[Financial ($) or Product (P)]

Ironman Level

$2500+ donation

Ironman Level

Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Ironman Level

$1000 – $2499 donation

Half-Ironman Level

Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Ironman Level $  P Sponsorship

Marathon Level

$500 – $999 donation

Marathon Level

Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

Half-Marathon Level

$100 – $499 donation

Half-Marathon Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

10K Level

$75 – $99 donation

10K Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

5K Level

$50 – $74 donation

5K Level

Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship
Business Name Half-Marathon Level $  P Sponsorship

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