Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Caleb Tate Fuller “Forget-Me-Knot" Walk on May 9

Norwood resident Joyce McDowell has sent us a lot of great information to share with our readers regarding the 3rd Annual Caleb Take Fuller “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk coming up on Saturday, May 9. We’ll let her tell you all about it in her own words directly below:

This year's event will start on Lafayette Ave. behind Surrey Square near the corner of Ashland Ave. This portion of the street will be blocked off for a carnival-like event that will run simultanously as walkers have an option for the 1, 5 and three mile event that will proceed down Floral Avenue from Smith to Morton. Citizens on Patrol and and Norwood Young Professionals will serve as crossing guards for the event. They will also be doing fingerprinting for children too.

This year participants can walk in honor of Caleb or in honor of someone special in their life. They can acknowledge this person on our website at and in the Memorial Balloon Launch on the day of the event...

Proceeds for this event will provide scholarships for children to attend Cornerstone Christian Academy here in Norwood and for three special programs this summer. We're planning on the Mad Cap Puppets, Mad Science and a Basketball/ Cheerleading/ Drama camp at Ashland Ave. Baptist Church. We are excited to know that Channel 9 will be covering the story as well.

The third annual Caleb Tate Fuller “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk will be held in Norwood on Saturday, May 9th with registration at 7 AM and the Walk at 8AM.

The Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation is being established to fulfill a small boy’s request made during a heart-wrenching battle with bone cancer that he “not be forgotten”. It is his family’s desire to honor this request and preserve Caleb’s memory through the commemoration of his steadfast love for God and relentless passion for life and learning by serving the spiritual, social and educational needs of other children.

To this end, the Caleb Tate Fuller Foundation will work to facilitate the creation of new educational enrichment programs and opportunities as well as support existing programs for children in Norwood and surrounding communities which enhance Christian values and education, academic excellence, health education, literacy, music and fine arts as well as multicultural, social and special needs awareness.

About the Event:
2009 is the third year for the “Forget-Me-Knot” Walk. This year’s event will be in Norwood since Caleb attended school in Norwood. We want this to be a real community event building awareness of the needs of our children, fostering community participation and increasing the number of children and families who directly benefit from the event and the mission of the foundation.

We are on the ground floor with this program but have a long range vision for the Foundation to help children and families in the area to become stronger with such programs as science, music and drama camps, math and reading workshops, programs for special needs assessment and workshops on special learning techniques and motivational speakers to help equip children and parents in addressing family issues through Christian values and principles.

The Foundation currently provides financial scholarships for children to attend Cornerstone Christian Academy here in Norwood through funds raised in last year’s event. Proceeds from this year’s walk will once again fund scholarships for deserving children to attend Cornerstone Christina Academy who otherwise could not afford this opportunity. In addition. we will be sponsoring three special summer programs for all children in the community. Plans include the Mad Cap Puppets, Mad Science and a week long community cheerleading/ drama/ sports camp.

This year’s event will begin in Norwood on Lafayette Avenue behind Surrey Square and proceed over to Floral Avenue. There will be options for a one, five and ten mile walk. A block of Lafayette Avenue will be blocked off in order to create a carnival-like setting with games; crafts face painting, clowns, balloon animals and lots more family fun. There will a cook-out lunch followed by awards for those walking the fastest and those raising the most money. There will be a special drawing from the names of anyone who has donated to this cause for the Wii game system which also includes a Wii Fit. There will be lots of other door prizes as well.

This year’s event will be even more special since walkers can participate in honor of a special person in their life. That person can be acknowledges through a memory board on the web-site and at the Memorial Balloon Launch on the day of the event. Find out more about this event at where you can register on line or call 513-631-4377.