Featured Organization Friday: Kyle Wilson Memorial Fund

Thanks to Amy for submitting this! I played softball with Kyle’s sister growing up, and any charity that’s local is especially dear to my heart.  The people who keep us safe do so at their own peril, and Kyle is such a selfless reminder of that. 

On April 16, 2007, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue’s Technician I Kyle Wilson made the ultimate sacrifice. At a three-alarm blaze in Woodbridge, he searched for the house’s occupants in an upper bedroom, but became trapped and unable to escape the flames intensified by a strong nor’easter’s winds. Kyle, a 24 year old graduate of Hylton High School and George Mason University, was the Department’s first line of duty death in its 41 year history.

Each year, Kyle’s family, friends and fellow firefighters come together to celebrate his life and to acknowledge the impact he had on our community. Kyle’s passion was staying fit, so his family established a memorial walk/ run to encourage others to enjoy the benefits of exercise.

The 5th Annual Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness will be held next Saturday, April 28 at Hylton High School in Woodbridge. It is a free, untimed 10K walk/ run. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. There will be t-shirts for sale, as well as raffles and a 50/50. All donations will be accepted in honor of Kyle, and all proceeds will benefit his scholarship fund for athletic training majors at George Mason University.

During the walk, enjoy free water stations along the way (thanks to Skinny Water), and when you’re done, join sponsors including Moe’s, Amici’s, Chick-Fil-A, Hooters and Confections for some tasty, free treats. Channel 50 DC’s party bus will be on display, and you can enter the raffle to win exclusive use of it for a private event (helloooooo, moms’ night out!). And, of course, there will be a fire truck and an ambulance to entertain the kids, and plenty of firefighters to entertain the moms!  (editors note: there is nothing wrong with firefighters to look at.)

For more information on Kyle’s Walk, and to preregister, please visit www.kylewilsonmemorial.com.

If you are unable to attend the walk, there’s another way for you to show your support. The 2nd Annual Cici’s Pizza Night is TODAY, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bring your family to eat at Cici’s Pizza in Foulger Square in Woodbridge (Kohl’s/ Home Depot shopping center) and 15% of the total receipts will go towards the Kyle Wilson Scholarship Fund at GMU.

Hope to see you there!!