FOR RELEASE: Dec. 7, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas – A group of students from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Allied Health Sciences has raised more than $2,500 for charity through their participation in the Chevron Houston Marathon on Jan. 14.

Seven UTMB students from the departments of physical therapy and physician assistant studies began training in June for the event, with a goal to raise $800 for Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that provides equipment for athletes with disabilities. To date the team members, calling themselves “Beach Bums,” have raised $2,535.

The team is collecting money through Race for a Reason, a program allowing people to contribute online to the charity of their choice by supporting runners in races nationwide.

Participant and second-year physical therapy student Morgan Fitzgerald says CAF’s goals were in line with those of her training group. “The foundation does a lot to promote wellness and fitness for people with disabilities, and that’s important to us as well.”

She will attend the marathon and ensure her teammates have what they need while they run in either the full 26-mile marathon or the Aramco Half Marathon. Her teammates are physical therapy students Rocio Sosa, Rosanna Nicholson, Heather Lewis, Wendi Wilson and Kristel Louis; and physician assistant studies student Brian Harris.

To support this UTMB group and CAF, please visit and click on the “Beach Bums” link on the right.

In its 35th year, the Chevron Houston Marathon is Houston’s largest single day sporting event. The run begins at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and more than 20,000 athletes, 200,000 spectators and 5,000 volunteers participate.
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