Run/walk in memory of Delavan girl

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Staff | May 20, 2014

DELAVAN--Avery Step You Take, a memorial 5K run/walk is scheduled for Friday, June 6, beginning at the Delavan Christian School, 848 Oak St., Delavan, in memory of 11-year old Delavan native, Avery McCarthy, who died in a car accident in 2012.

Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., and the race starts at 6 p.m.

The cost of the event is $20, and includes an event t-shirt if participant registers by May 23, or $10 without a t-shirt.

The run/walk route through Delavan includes the Paul Lange and Ora Rice Arboretums, located on the shore of Lake Comus.

A complimentary ice cream social will follow the events.

The event is considered a fun run and official timing is not available.

Also featured during the ice cream social is a Kids Market, where local children will be selling their homemade creations. Twenty percent of their sales will be donated to AVERYday Ministries.

Children are required to submit an application describing their products in order to reserve space at the market. Children 12 years and under must have an adult (minimum 16 years old) to assist with the handling of money at their table.

To register for the AVERY STEP YOU TAKE 5K in memory of Avery McCarthy, please go to Only participants who register by May 23 are eligible to receive a free event t-shirt. Children interested in participating in the Kids Market can email

According to a press release from Bridget McCarthy, Avery's mother, the family began AVERYday Ministries shortly after her death in order to “continue to be Avery's voice” and do the things she would have done if she were still here.

To date, AVERYday Ministries has financially assisted five individuals traveling to Haiti on separate mission trips, donated books to the Delavan Christian School library, and began a program called Youth ACT!, which allows children in grades 5 through 8 to make a positive impact in Walworth County. This year's group has been working hard tackling the issue of homelessness by coordinating a coat drive and packing individual care packages.

In addition, AVERYday Ministries is known for its Christian concert series, Seeds of Faith, which featured popular contemporary Christian artist, Jamie Grace, at UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium. Another concert is slated for April, 2015.

“We wanted to do something fun that everyone could participate in. Avery absolutely loved going for walks, especially in the city's trail systems, and we felt this would be a fun way to honor her and remember her while bringing attention to her cause,” Bridget McCarthy noted in the release.

“(The walk) reminds us that we have a choice with every step we take to do something positive in our world. Avery is fondly remembered for her unwavering faith and her compassion to help others in need.”

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