Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 10, 2014

Record turnout for Run for the Troops 5K

Record turnout for Run for the Troops 5K


This year’s event supported Army Staff Sgt. Matthew DeWitt, whose home will be built in Concord, N.H., later this year through Homes For Our Troops. DeWitt lost both hands during his first deployment in Khalidiyah, Iraq in 2003.

While DeWitt was away at training over the weekend and unable to attend the race, his fiancee, Catrina Peck, and young son, Reed, were on hand and even ran the race together.

They joined a field of runners that featured many return participants, including the six members of the Sullivan family from Hollis, N.H. They came with their own uniforms — white T-shirts bearing the words “THANK YOU MATT DEWITT” written on the back.

“This is the fourth year,” father Dave Sullivan said. “Homes For Our Troops is an awesome organization. They put so much into the homes. We’ve met the other soldiers who were here as well, and what they’ve sacrificed, we can’t give back enough.”





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