Soles for Cole

Runners, friends take part in Cystic Fibrosis benefit

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Friends and supporters gather at the Soles for Cole run June 22. From left are Cameron Cullen, Kelly Wilson, Carly Cullen, Cole Croteau, Natalie King, Austin Slaton, Katie Sutherland, Zac Slaton, and front, Graham Cullen. 


Runners and friends turned out for the Soles for Cole 5K Race held recently at Ashley Park in Newnan.

Cole Croteau, 15, is a junior at East Coweta High School. In March 2001, Croteau was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis after three years of being very sick, said Christian Cullen, a friend and one of the race organizers.

“Since his diagnosis, he has become a ‘regular’ at the Children’s Hospital Egleston, spending several weeks a year in the hospital for tests and treatment, even over the Christmas holidays,” said Cullen. “His passions in life are God, hunting, his family and friends.”

“Croteau is currently a member of the SouthCrest Church. He helped create Cole’s Commanders with the hopes of changing CF in Cystic Fibrosis to ‘Cure Found,’” said Cullen. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, liver, pancreas and intestines that can cause difficulty breathing, frequent lung infections, infertility and other symptoms.

Cullen is one of Croteau’s best friends and a senior at East Coweta. A few months ago, Cullen was inspired to help combat the struggle Croteau deals with and to ease the stress it had caused his family. 

Cullen was driven to help Croteau find a cure for his disease. Within 60 days, Cullen organized the 5K race on June 22 at Ashley Park to benefit Croteau and support finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. All proceeds are going to help Croteau and his family with medical bills and toward finding a cure, Cullen said.

With the combined efforts of local businesses and the many friends who love Croteau, the first “Soles for Cole 5K Run” was a success, according to Cullen. More than 250 runners gathered at 8 a.m. at Ashley Park to show their support. There were more than 100 volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts to make sure the race would be an event to remember.

More than $4,000 was raised for Cole’s Commanders. Sam Siprelle, also one of Croteau’s great friends, placed first in the 5K with a time of 18:24.




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