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June 12, 2010 - 1st Anual
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  • First envisioned by Deanna Foley-Lee in the fall of 2009 the plans for the first annual 5k run in the Lehigh Valley to battle ALS took shape.  Deanna, with her friend, Meg Church, ran their first 5k in the summer of 2005 with Deanna’s father, Rick Lee. In mid-2009, Rick was diagnosed with ALS and continues to battle the disease today. A very hands-on, servant-minded, athletic and active Dad and Husband, the effects of ALS have had a profound effect on the Lee family. Now, instead of running the race without him, Rick’s family and friends have created a race to thank him for his motivation and support.

    From its initial vision, this event has been a personal project for Deanna and her brother, Jason.      Their father was always a hard working, strong, wise, and loving leader for the family.  However, naturally an outgoing man, it was challenging for Rick’s family and friends to see their loved one lose the simplest of physical abilities, when his mind is sharp and willing to do so much more.  This is a disease that has been hard to bear, and equally as hard for his family to watch. It is a testament to Rick’s faith and character that even in the midst of  the toughest challenges, he avidly remarked, “I know that God has a plan for my life.” Even as Rick continued to lose basic coordination, he confidently told his 3 kids to “Trust God”.

    This event is in honor of Rick Lee, and his loving wife, Janice, who battled the daily challenges of ALS.  In June 2010 Rick enjoyed seeing the first Fun Run become a reality.  He even got to witness live footage of the event and its many participants from his home in Illinois.  2 months later, and a year and a half after being diagnosed with ALS,  on August 9, 2010 Rick Lee went home to be with His Lord.

    We continue this event to honor a loving husband, father, and friend.  It also continues to be the mission of Lee’s Pavement Pounders to spread awareness, encourage support for affected families, and raise financial support in the hopes of advancing the medical means to cease ALS’ effects on future families.

    “Dad and Mom, thanks for all the ways you’ve worked to love your kids.  Thanks for demonstrating how to stand strong in love and faith even amidst this hardship.  So much of the heart and drive to push an event like this forward comes from the love and drive we got from you.  We and many others would like to pound the pavement to honor you."

    Richard C. Lee most recently of Channahon, IL formerly of Bethlehem, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. Born January 31, 1954 the son of the late Conrad and Marion Lee. Richard began his engineering career with Mobil Chemical Company with his final position as director of operations at Ineos-Novaformerly BASF. A 1976 graduate of Rosehulman Institute of Technology, Richard held his masters degree in engineering management. A distinguished veteran of the Army Corp of Engineers, proudly serving his country for five years. An enthusiastic tri athlete and marathon runner Richard enjoyed cycling, running and hiking. He was a dedicated servant of the lord, Jesus Christ demonstrating the fruits of that commitment to his family, career and church community. An active member of the Minooka Bible Church and former member of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship, Bethlehem, PA.

    Survivors: Beloved husband of 34 years to Janice Lee (nee Dehner); devoted father of Deanna (Patrick) Foley, Jason Lee and Michael Lee; proud grandpa of soon to be arriving Molly Foley; dear brother of Barbara Lohse.


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