CHAMPLAIN — It is something that she wanted to do in memory of a friend — and with an eye to the future.
So, Angela Bechard decided to organize a Run/Walk event in honor and remembrance of Ashley Poissant and for the benefit of her friend’s three children.
Poissant was killed on May 20, 2013, when she was struck by a vehicle while she was jogging.
FOR THE BOYS
The event in her memory, Ashley’s Run/Walk, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, on River Street in Champlain.
Poissant’s three children — Logan, 9; Ethan, 6; and Owen, 5 — will be the beneficiaries.
“I want to raise money for those three boys who are now left without a mother,” Bechard said.
She said the boys are “doing good, but they still have their ups and downs.”
Losing her friend has been difficult for her, Bechard said, “let alone three young ones who don’t have the whole grip on life yet. It’s hard for them to understand what’s going on.”
Poissant had already set up bank accounts for her three children to help with their college educations and future needs. Money raised through the Run/Walk will go into those accounts, Bechard said.
But helping the boys isn’t the only reason Bechard wanted to organize the event.
“It’s something I had to do for closure. The Run/Walk thing is something Ashley and I both loved to do.
“This is who she was.”
When Bechard approached the Village of Champlain about arranging the event, she was directed to Village Trustee Janet McFetridge. Together, McFetridge and Bechard have organized Ashley’s Run/Walk.
“I organize a lot of different events in this area,” McFetridge said, “and I’ve organized a few 5K runs before. I do the nitty-gritty stuff: how many volunteers we need, how to set up the course, that kind of thing.