To the editor:

Julia’s Wings soared through the streets of Kent at our third annual Team Julia’s Wings at the Kent Pumpkin Run.

Team Julia’s Wings comprised a third of the race participants as we had an impressive turnout of more than 300 runners and walkers.

That Sunday afternoon we were united for a cause, and brought together in memory of Julia, her fight and her story.

Not only did we raise awareness of aplastic anemia, but our foundation raised more than $30,000.

We are so appreciative of the support and generosity of our sponsors, donors and participants.

We also want to thank the Kent Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to be part of such an amazing event.

I truly cannot think of a better way to honor Julia’s beautiful memory than by the hundreds of people who gathered together in our neighboring community on what started as a drizzly Sunday, smiling, laughing, crying, running, walking, remembering.

We are extremely honored to have the opportunity to once again partner with the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation which will match our fundraising dollars for our second named research fund.

In 2016, Julia’s Wings Foundation will disperse two Julia Malsin Research grants each in the amount of $60,000.

We never thought it would be possible to fund research in the amount of $120,000 over a two-year period.

Any additional funds raised from this year’s run will go directly toward assisting families with children battling aplastic anemia as we are now partnered with 12 hospitals across the United States.

It is such a gift to be able to disperse a grant to a family who is struggling to financially stay afloat and care for their critically ill child.

Julia is an incredible teacher and we strive every day to live by her example.

We are so grateful and appreciative of all the support we receive for our foundation. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to fulfill Julia’s wish of keeping families together during their illness and our wish that a child’s life may be saved one day through needed research.

On behalf of Julia and the Julia’s Wings Foundation, heartfelt thanks for your support of our mission.

Mike, Heather, Lyss and Julia Malsin