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Longmeadow 5K funds help Baystate NICU

Date: 8/20/2015

LONGMEADOW – Tim Murphy, an Agawam resident and owner of Fleet Feet Sports of Longmeadow located at 680 Bliss Road, presented a $4,050 check alongside his wife Jill to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield on Aug. 12.

Baystate officials who accepted the donation on behalf of the organization included Allison Linnenbach, a physician assistant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) ward at Baystate Children’s Hospital and Jenna Gleason, Baystate’s manager of fundraising events.

Murphy said the money was raised during Fleet Feet Sports’ first Baystate NICU Family and Friends 5K, which took place in Longmeadow on June 13. The race drew about 175 runners.

Pioneer Valley Credit Union contributed to the fundraising efforts, he noted.

He added that the idea for the event came from Linnenbach, who reached out to the local business about raising money for Baystate’s NICU.  

Fleet Feet Sports of Longmeadow hopes to host a second fundraising race for Baystate’s NICU next year, Murphy said.

Gleason said the funds would go towards supporting the NICU ward by allowing for the purchase of comfort and patient care items such as blankets and other items needed on a day-to-day basis.

“Baystate has the only NICU in the region,” she added. “It’s really important that we have everything we need and we’re fortunate that one of our own team members here at Baystate was able to partner with Fleet Feet Sports to put on this run to help support local patients and families.”