Reason for the Race: Losing Mathias has sparked in us a passion to help families that struggle with the difficulties of epilepsy and in doing so continue Mathias’ Legacy- to Race for an Answer. We are blessed to have community support to raise funds to further pivotal pediatric epilepsy research. The race will also provide awareness about epilepsy and those whose lives have been forever altered by this disease.
2016 Chunky Monkey Recap
Welcome to Race Day:
And They are Off!
|Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors, Volunteers, and Participants who made our 5th Chunky Monkey Epilepsy Run a Success.We are truly blessed to have your support and look forward to another fabulous year in 2017!|
255 Finishers & 100 Children for the Kid’s Fun Run
$12,000 Raised for Pediatric Epilepsy Research
Provided over 100 Fleece Tie Blankets to American Family Children’s Hospital
We were also blessed to hear a lovely rendition of our National Anthem sung by Nichole Paul and a touching welcome from Mandy Koch, Mathias’ mom and her daughter Leyna. The Koch Family is honored to carry on Mathias’ legacy through acts of caring and spreading awareness and raising funds for epilepsy.
Special Theme: Smile
5K Chunky Monkey Epilepsy Run
The race was a success!! It was a true blessing to see the number of runners and walkers that joined us for our 5th annual Chunky Monkey Epilepsy Run. The week leading up to the run was absolutely beautiful. The day was sunny and 64- let’s order that temperature every year! The 5K brought in 255 participants, up 38 finishers from 2015-our grandest crowd to date! Post-race was a time to not only reflect on what brought us out to run on this wonderful November day, but also a time for friendship, family and food.
Race Results: Click Here
Chunky Monkey Kids Fun Run
This year we had 100 children ages 6 months to 10 years old participate in the Chunky Monkey Fun Run. We had a Diaper Dash, 100 Meter Dash, and 400 Meter dash so children of all ages could participate.
Dr. Ikonomidou and the Pediatric Neurology Team invited us to American Family Children’s Hospital to learn how the team of researchers would like to use the money donated from Team Mathias and the Chunky Monkey Epilepsy Run. With sincere gratitude to Team Mathias and all who participated in the Chunky Monkey Dr. Ikonomidou and Dr. Stafstrom each accepted a check to further pediatric epilepsy awareness and research totaling $12,000 . Since our inception in 2012 The Chunky Monkey, with your help, has raised $55,000!
Our local communities came together to provide 167 Fleece Tie Blankets for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for the Children’s Hospital in 2016. Since 2012, it has been a true honor and blessing to deliver comfort to 593 families by providing these precious blankets!! Thank you for the compassion you have shown!
Mathias’ Story: The Chunky Monkey Epilepsy Run is in honor of Mathias Lee Koch, Dan and Mandy’s little “chunky monkey”. This very special boy was born perfectly healthy, but at 5 months a seizure took hold of his little body and where his first seizure stopped, epilepsy took over. For two months he fought his seizures like a young warrior, but due to complications with epilepsy he lost his battle in November of 2010.