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Cheval Cares 5K battles pediatric cancer; Festivities held to dedicate school; Carrollwood Day School may soon have home-field advantage

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    By Michael Murillommurillo@lakerlutznews.com

    When the Peck family joined the ChevalAthletic Club, their daughter Callie was 2.

    They took an immediate interest in thecommunitys Cheval Cares 5K event to ben-efit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

    It wasnt just a good cause. It was person-al.

    When we joined there a few years back,(Callie) was bald. It was no surprise to any-body that she had cancer, recalled Calliesmother, Amber Peck.

    Diagnosed with acute lymphoblasticleukemia, Callie had to endure frequenttrips to hospitals, spinal taps and surgeries.For lengthy periods, she enduredchemotherapy treatments daily.

    Just a toddler, she received treatment formore than two years. And despite the chal-lenges, the Pecks consider themselvesfortunate.

    We were actually very lucky in the fact

    that the cure rate for her type of leukemiawas greater than 90 percent, Peck ex-plained. Seeing the other children in thehospital, their diagnoses were a lot moredevastating. We had everything quickly putin perspective for us. All of a sudden, we feltfortunate.

    Callie is now well past her treatments.Her chemotherapy ended last April, and shenow just has monthly blood tests to checkfor recurrences or side effects. But her fami-ly is still active in the communitys 5Kevent. The Fourth Annual Cheval Cares 5Kwill be on Sept. 26 at 8 a.m., at the ChevalAthletic Club, 4142 Cheval Blvd., in Lutz.

    Callie, now 6, will be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin the race, whileher brothers, Gavin and Cole, and her par-ents, Amber and Scott, participate in the 5K.

    Lindsay Whitney helped create the 5Kand used to work at the Pediatric CancerFoundation. The Cheval resident still serves

    Carrollwood DaySchool may soonhave home-fieldadvantageBy Michael Murillommurillo@lakerlutznews.com

    Phase II of Carrollwood Day SchoolsPatriot Pride campaign includes a multipur-pose sports complex on the private schoolscampus at 1515 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.

    It includes space for football, baseballand soccer games, and will allow theschools athletic teams to finally play homegames at home.

    It will also cost a couple million dollars. The school has raised about 25 percent

    of that cost.And while $500,000 is a significant num-

    ber, it still leaves a lot of ground to cover.Thanks to a $1 million matching pledge

    by Todd and Kari Wagner who have chil-dren attending the school the homefields are very close to becoming a reality.

    Its a game-changer for CarrollwoodDay School, said Head of School RyanKelly. Its the largest donation that we haveever received. And it just is going to allowus to do something that Ive dreamt ofdoing, and that is having our own sportscomplex.

    Kelly made the announcement about thedonation at the football teams home gameon Aug. 28 against Admiral Farragut.

    Like other sports at Carrollwood DaySchool, the home football games arent actu-ally played at home. They play football atSkyway in Tampa, baseball at Citrus Park andsoccer on a leased parcel of land.

    Thats all going to change by next sea-son, according to Kelly. That $500,000 now

    puts Carrollwood Day School halfway to ac-cessing the $1 million match and fundingthe complex.

    When its finished, the complex will in-clude turf fields that will be used foroutdoor sports, dugouts and batting cagesfor baseball, a press box, bleachers that willseat 600 to 1,000 fans and a concessionarea.

    High school football, baseball and soccerare the primary beneficiaries, but the com-plex also will be used by themiddle-schoolers, physical education activi-ties and possibly lacrosse, at some point.

    That accessibility will be a dramatic

    change from what the school deals withtoday, and Kelly is well aware of the chal-lenges and hard work that goes into makingit work.

    The athletic director, Baker Mabry, doesan outstanding job. But it is a nightmare,Kelly said, describing the scheduling and lo-gistics of constantly going off-site for gamesand practices.

    We cannot wait until we dont have todo that any longer, Kelly added.

    They wont have to wait long. With cur-rent cash on hand and the pledge secured,

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF VIVIDIVITYFor the Peck family Amber, Scott, Gavin,Cole and Callie the 5K is an annual tradition.

    Cheval Cares 5K battles pediatric cancer

    COURTESY OF CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOLHead of School Ryan Kelly announced the $1 million matching donation at halftime of theschools Aug. 28 football game.

    See CHEVAL, page 13A

    See HOME-FIELD, page 13A

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