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About 1,000 Take Part In Annual Walk For Westchester Children's Hospital

Eli Carson Whittaker, a 5-year-old from New City and his family were front and center at the 12th annual "Go the Distance" Walk & Family Fun Day on Sunday at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, where Eli served as "grand marshal."
Eli Carson Whittaker, a 5-year-old from New City and his family were front and center at the 12th annual "Go the Distance" Walk & Family Fun Day on Sunday at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, where Eli served as "grand marshal." Photo Credit: Provided

VALHALLA, N.Y. – About 1,000 people took part in Sunday's 12th annual "Go the Distance" Walk and Family Fun Day at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

A five-year-old boy from New City --- who overcame complications from birth, led the event as grand marshal. Eli Carson Whittaker weighed about a pound when he was born prematurely at 24 weeks.

As grand marshal, Eli represented the more than 20,000 area children who receive care each year at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Despite Sunday's rainfall, the event drew a crowd of about 1,000, comprising former patients, their families, hospital staff and supportive community members from around the region.

Eli, a kindergarten student at Summit Park Elementary School in New City, overcame many life-threatening medical issues and is now healthy and happy.

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