Run a 5K for Reese Burdette and Patricia Stiles, from home

Young Reese Burdette and her grandmother, Patricia Stiles continue on their road to recovery. On May 26, an accidental fire engulfed the Stiles' Clear Brook, Va., home in flames, and Patricia went into the burning building to save her granddaughter's life. But both suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

Since then, several segments of the dairy industry have stepped up to help the family recover emotionally and financially, but there is more work to be done. The Stiles family (Waverley Jerseys) and Burdette family (Windy Knoll View Holsteins) both are well known amongst dairy breeders.

While Stiles was released from the hospital in July, Burdette continues rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins.

So far, at least three cattle sales have been donated in their honor, and in August, wereported a 5K raised funds to help the two dairy women. A fundraiser helped with another $24,000. 

A new 5K is being organized in Clarke County, Virginia, but this one you can run from home. The race, on November 22, 2014, is being held at Blandy Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA, 22620, at 9 a.m. Registration is $20, $15 for kids, or $25 on the day of the race. You can register or sponsor today at

In addition to the in-person 5K, you can run the race "virtually" - by running the 5K from home. Over 1,000 registrants have already signed up on the Facebook page (, and 10 have already posted virtual race results to the Facebook page. To register, visit the race's official page: 

A satellite race is also going to be set up in Mercersburg, Penn., at the JB track, open at 8:30 a.m. on November 22.

If a 5K isn't your thing, there are other ways to contribute:

  • Let's show Reese Burdette how much we are thinking and praying for her with a card shower! Here is her address: John Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans Street , Baltimore , MD. 21287 Attn: Reese Burdette, Bloomberg 4- South Room # 25 
  • A bank account is set up for Patricia Stiles and Reese Burdette. Mail checks to Capital One Bank 12806 Shank Farm Way Hagerstown , Maryland 21742. Place the names Patricia Stiles and Reese Burdette in the memo of check.


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