Once again Matt and Laney Svetlick volunteer as Grand Marshals for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Wattle

With tremendous joy, welcome the Svetlick family back again for their 3rd year to guide our runners/walkers over our majestic 5K Course on Thanksgiving Morning. They will pedal and ride a pedal/motorized trike which they routinely go out together on for bike rides here throughout Grove City.

I first saw Matt and Laney a few weeks after I moved to Grove City in 2017. I was so inspired by their Father/Daughter excursions. Laney just had the biggest smile on her face as she and her dad went about their journey when I saw them riding this adaptive trike near Buckeye Ranch.

I didn’t know them at the time, but Matt’s sister Kristina Briggeman answered a question I had placed on our FB site, wondering who is this man, and how do I reach him. Kristina realized it was her brother Matt I was referencing. And she connected me with the family, Matt, his wife Amy, and Laney soon after. They are a remarkable loving family and have an amazing daughter in Laney.

Laney is a special needs child with Down Syndrome. She is a star player in the Buddy Ball League here in Grove City. Knowing and interacting with Laney brings out the best in all involved.

I hope you can come out and give a big round of applause to Laney and her dad for helping us out with the race on Thanksgiving morning. Finally, let me know if I can reach out to other special needs children or adults you may know who might want to participate in the Wattle as a walker or runner, or help out in the Finish Line/Medal Distribution Area as a volunteer. I truly desire to involve all who wish to be involved in our family event.

Thank you, mark sigrist