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Amazing Race held to help fund scholarship

| August 1, 2016
One of the 20 four-person teams, Team Mayhem, gets ready to begin their Amazing Race throughout the county. Beth Scott | Beacon

One of the 20 four-person teams, Team Mayhem, gets ready to begin their Amazing Race throughout the county. Beth Scott | Beacon

WARSAW – In years past, Pat and Stephanie Snyder held a 5K in memory of their daughter, Addy and son, Grady who both passed away with unknown medical conditions. This year, they decided to do something a little different.

Based off of the TV show, Amazing Race, the two decided to have something similar to the show in Coshocton County. The first SnyderSTRONG Amazing Race was held Saturday, July 30 with headquarters at River View High School.

Twenty teams of four met at River View High School throughout the day from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Each team left at 15-minute intervals to complete eight tasks in the county. All teams ended their journey at River View High School with a one-lap run around the track.

When Addy was six weeks old, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that the medical field currently has no name for. She passed away not long afterward while waiting on a liver transplant. Grady also had similar symptoms before he was born and passed away as well. The event raises money each year that goes into the SnyderSTRONG Scholarship fund that is given to a River View senior who is entering the medical field.

“When we were in the hospital for Addy, the community did a lot for us,” said Stephanie. “After Addy passed away, we wanted to do something to give back to the community since they have done so much for us.”

Kendra Whiteus has known the Snyder family for many years. Stephanie was volleyball coach to her oldest daughter, who was a previous winner of the SnyderSTRONG scholarship.

“We’ve just become really good friends,” said Whiteus, who was helping out at the event. “There couldn’t be two people who would be better parents. I want to help them in any way I can.”

Pat and Stephanie are currently in the process of adopting.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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