In August of 2014 Jan Kaye of Eaton found her daughter, Kelley Cupp, a “running partner” through the nonprofit Who I Run 4 website that connects runners with special needs families.
Kelley, 14, doesn’t run and has never even been able to stand for more than 20 seconds, when she was a baby.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine months, Kelley is nonverbal and nonmobile, has epilepsy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a tracheotomy and uses a ventilator at night. But, through Who I Run 4, Kelley was paired with Chad Nevils, who lives in Cressona, Penn. He sends her his running medals, videos of his runs and messages on a regular basis.