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Abba House race honors moms, recovery

Run is group's largest fundraiser

POSTED: May 15, 2013 12:27 a.m.
Alyssa LaRenzie/

Janet Corbin and daughter Sarah Coats cross the finish line Saturday.

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Travis Erickson greeted his mother, Marsha Davis, with a hug and a flower after she crossed the finish line of a 10K run Saturday.

The family celebrated a graduation, Mother’s Day and “a great cause” by running in the Abba House “We Love Moms” Run for Recovery, Davis said.

“We like to use our feet to put them to work,” she said of the sixth annual race fundraiser for the residential facility that helps women overcome issues such as substance abuse and mental or emotional challenges.

Run for Recovery is Abba House’s largest fundraiser of the year, with other proceeds raised on an ongoing basis through its two thrift stores in Forsyth County.

Hundreds crossed the finish line at Vickery Village after completing a 10 mile, 10K or 5K course, and each one received a flower.

Several brought family members to cheer them on from the finish or tackle the course with them.

For some, the day was a record setter, and for others, time wasn’t a factor.

Sarah Coats and her mother, Janet Corbin, put their fists in the air as they crossed the line together.

“She just lost a lot of weight and this is her first 5K,” Coats said.

Corbin was proud to have finished in less than an hour.

“This was my Mother’s Day present, unbeknownst to me,” she said. “It was a great one.”


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