Why We Walk
Miles for Matt was started in memory of Matthew Pritchett. On April 28, 2017, eleven days after his 32nd birthday, our lives changed forever. Matthew was a passenger involved in a fatal DUI accident. The car he was riding in hit a tree, and he suffered grave internal injuries. He died on impact. His entire family will live the rest of their lives with this indescribable pain. His mind and heart were golden, his smile unforgettable. He will be forever painfully missed by his family, friends, and all whose lives were blessed by knowing him.
Our new charity this year is the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association. AARDA is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune disease through education, public awareness, research and patient services. With over a hundred autoimmune diseases, approximately 1 in 5 people are fighting against one or more autoimmune disease.
This is also the second year of our 5-year pledge to the Hershey Community Center Project where one of the lanes of the new inside track will be in memory of Matthew.
We will continue each year to support new charities and organizations to add to our philanthropic portfolio and support causes we are passionate about as a tribute to and in memory of Matthew.