Second annual LEAP event a success in Coatesville – Daily Local News

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COATESVILLE — LEAP (Leadership and Empowerment for Access to Programs) hosted its Second Annual Community Empowerment Run on Saturday May 11 at Abdala Park in Coatesville, with more than 80 people in attendance.
Jermaine Thomas, founding member of LEAP, said that this event provides community members an opportunity to improve their physical and mental health. The annual run started with an inspirational drill performance by the Coatesville Diamond Divas. Local trainers Rob Brown, Jon Williams, Sky Williams, and Kareef Wallace then led the participants in a warm-up and stretching routine before the step-off of the walk/jog/run.
This year’s Empowerment Run also included a health fair led by Abigail McNeil from Minority Nurse Educators of Chesco. Abigail is a Penn Medicine nurse who sought and was awarded a Penn Medicine CAREs grant which helped fund the event. Other vendors included Coatesville Youth Initiative (CYI), the YMCA Brandywine Branch, Arts Holding Hands and Hearts (AHHAH), ChesPenn HealthServices, Evolve Individual Services, and Chester County Hospital. Volunteers from the Minority Nurse Educators provided blood pressure screenings and health education. Local businesses graciously donated gift baskets that were raffled off at the end of the event.
“We’re all about collaboration. Working alongside LEAP is a great way improve awareness of programs that improve the health and well-being of Coatesville residents,” said Michele Francis, Director of Community Health and Wellness at Chester County Hospital.
LEAP is a Coatesville-based initiative with the mission to improve access to healthcare, wellness and educational services for the community.
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