Freedom's Run Community Grant Fund

$3,802 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 45 months
Mark Cucuzzella
for Eastern Area Health Education Center Inc

Think of Freedom's Run for your Annual Giving.
100% of your 2017 Giving will go directly to our Community Fund.  

The goal of our GoFundMe site is to fund even more projects and support our local communities for a thriving and healthier state.

We appreciate you and have incentives for your Donations

Dashing Donor Reward: Donate $200 and recieve a free or refunded race registration for the upcoming Harper's Ferry Half Marathon or Freedom's Run event

Generous Gifter Reward: Donate $500 and receive a free pair of shoes (valued up to $100) and a free or refunded race registration for the upcoming Harper's Ferry Half Marathon or  Freedom's Run

C&O Canal Classrooms Education Program 

West Virginia is often viewed as an unhealthy place to live. Much of this opinion, unfortunately, comes from real data. West Virginia is #1 when it comes to obesity and diabetes  (CDC 2016) and #50 when it comes to trails. With an idea to change our state’s image and reverse these statistics, Freedom's Run was born. 

Freedom’s Run was developed with the intent of putting on an event that gives citizens awareness of healthy living, promotes outdoor activity, and highlights the rich history of the area - an Event for Health and Heritage. A collaborative group between leads at the Eastern Area Health Education Center, WVU Health Sciences Center - Eastern Division, University Healthcare, the National Park Service, Shepherd University, local citizens and businesses, and Canal Towns Partnership, teamed to create Freedom's Run. Offering 5 events for all ages and atheletic abilities - 1 mile kids fun run, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon.

Since 2009, Freedom’s Run, through the guidance of Eastern Area Health Education Center, has given over $230, 000 directly back to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia as well as neighboring communities. We have assisted with matching grants to bring the total well above $350,000. But with your help we can fund even more projects.

Page Jackson Elementary School Trail

Some of the projects that have been funded through Freedom's Run Community Grant Funds include:
- Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children's Blue Ribbon Recreation Program
- For love of Children's Leaders in Action Program
- Antietam Battlefield's Civil War Day Camp
- James Hite Park Fitness Trail 
- North Martinsburg Middle School Trail
- SNAP Double Value Coupon Farm Market Program (in progress)
- T.A. Lowery Elementary School Green House Project
- Potomack Intermediate School Trail
- Tuscarora Elementary School Trail
- Ranson Elementary School Trail
- Driswood Elemntary School Trail
Canal Towns Partnership 
- South Jefferson Elementary School Outdoor Classroom & Trail
- Page Jackson Elementary School Trail
- C&O Canal Classrooms Education Program
- C.W. Shipley Elementary School Fitness Trail 
- Shepherdstown Cullison Fitness Park 
-Cacapon Institute Tree Giving
-City of Charles Town trail plan
-Romney Fitness Trail

Summer Camp Projects at For Love of Children

Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children's
Blue Ribbon Recreation Program
                           Shoe Donations

North Martinsburg Middle School Trail, creative use of green paint

Some other donations that we have made through Freedom's Run Community Funds include:
- Shepherdstown Fire & EMS
- Washington's Way Heritage Alliance
- Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff's Association
- RRCA's Kids Run the Nation
- Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley
- Shepherdstown Elementary School
- Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah Valley
- Jefferson Art Council's Art in the Park
- Hedgesville High School Boosters & Track 
- Elkins Middle School Field Trip to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
- Antietam National Battlefield's Civil War Day Camp

With your support we can expand these projects to even more deserving communities, and reverse some of the effects of living in a statistically unhealthy environment.

For more information on Freedom's Run or to register please visit

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$3,802 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 45 months
Created August 4, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Eastern Area Health Education Center Inc
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Martinsburg, WV
EIN: 352174239
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1 month ago
timothy dudley
15 months ago

Go Mark Go!

Laura Bergmann
16 months ago

Move better,live better!

H F Harrison
16 months ago

Keep up the good work guys! I love you and I LOVE Freedom's Run!!

26 months ago
Christine Whitman
28 months ago

Happy New Year, Mark!

Kate and Aaron Harding
42 months ago

Way to run for healthiness!

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