Thank You From Kenneth

I'm humbled with the support I have gotten for this crazy idea of running the length of our State. When I first threw out the idea of running 400 miles to my family and a few close friends they were supportive and the plan began to take shape. Lori Fakler and Melanie White, both with The Coca-Cola Company, saw the potential of the project, signed on and we began moving forward. Later we gained The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi as a sponsor and Trustmark National Bank agreed to raise the $100,000 contribution goal for our charity, Boys and Girls Clubs of Mississippi. Nissan agreed to provide a fantastic Mississippi-Made Armada for our "chase car", Clear Channel radio jumped in as our media partner and Hampton Inns down the state provided accommodations for me and my "Aid de Camp", Bob Joiner.

Hundreds of people have worked thousands of hours to allow us this opportunity and see that the plans that have been developed are carried out. I'm indebted to each of them for their contributions.

My family and friends have generously agreed to give me up for several weeks and my co-workers will competently and willingly pick up the slack while I'm on the road. Thanks to all listed below, plus countless others that have been supportive and inspirational to me.

Special Thanks To:

America's Athletics, David Wright - Wearables
Austin Shoes, Steve McElwain and New Balance - Shoes
Berry, Mont MD -Allergy Problems
Boys and Girls Club Contributors - donations
Boys and Girls Clubs, David Roberts, Clyde McQuire - Cooperation and enthusiasm
Brose Autoplex, Grant Brose - Help and routing through Nissan
Cingular, Chris Clay - Cell service
Clear Channel Radio - Gigi South - Sponsorship
Coca-Cola Bottling Works Employees, Nina Doran, Cornelia Counce - Help and Support
Coca-Cola Company, Melanie White - Sponsorship, enthusiasm, and coordination
Conrad, April - Coordination
Davis, Bob MD - Free Medical Advice
Dimco, Inc., Stuart Green, Tim McCarley, mapping services
Dixie-Net - Website hosting
Fakler, Lori - Believing and Routing
Foropoulos, Jef - Free Medical Advice
Franklin Cruise, John Frame - Web site design
Hampton Inn, Corinth, Starkville, Jackson, Brookhaven, Hattiesburg
Holiday Inn Beachfront in Biloxi
Sen. Travis Little, Rickey Marecle - Help and rooms
Joiner, Bob - Advice and support
Microtel Inns & Suites, Starkville
Nissan North America, Mike Williams - Sponsorship
Partnership For A Healthy Mississippi - Sandra Shelson - Sponsorship
Refreshments Employees, Tina West - Help and Support
Tri-Vista Rehabilitation, Mike Bell - Knee, Foot, calf injuries
Trustmark National Bank - Fund Raising
Williams, Nancy Ann, and Family - Encouragement and putting up with my excesses

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