Katrina Fryklund runs Falmouth Road Race for Latham residents and staff

July 31, 2018

Latham Centers’ Director of National Outreach Katrina Fryklund will run in the Falmouth Road Race this August, along with ten teammates raising money for Latham. She shares her unique perspective – as a local Cape Codder and Latham leader – in “Why I Run”:

“As graduation neared in 2013 I faced a decision; to return home to Cape Cod and find employment, or to pursue work elsewhere. It took just one trip to Latham Centers to determine my path. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with the children and adults who live at Latham, to help them in ways that would impact them forever.

I have the pleasure of working on the children’s campus. I see the hardships the children face daily when learning how to cope, but more importantly, I see the amazing strides each one of them makes. I see the first days, when they are walking on campus with hesitation, and I see the progress after working with our outstanding staff. I listen to the students’ laughter as they bond with peers—many of whom form friendships the first time. I notice the staff working together to develop an individualized plan to help each child be most successful. Recently, a student came to campus with that very hesitation, and when I greeted her she took a step back and bowed her head. Now, when I see her just six months later, she is playing with her friends outside or working in the classroom, and often hollers an enthusiastic, “Hi Katrina!” I have seen her learn not only how to cope with her own difficulties, but to help her peers handle theirs. I am in awe of our staff and students for what they achieve on a daily basis.

This is why I have run the Falmouth Road Race for the past five years, and will continue to run. I run for the students who inspire me with their determination to get through the difficult times, and their compassion for others. I run for the staff who work tirelessly to help the students and adults live more fulfilled, independent lives. I run for the students like the one mentioned above, who blossom upon working with our clinical, residential, educational, and nursing teams. I am honored to work for Latham Centers and I hope my reflections move others to support me in my effort to champion the amazing, life-changing work of our non-profit organization.”

To donate online, please visit Katrina’s Falmouth Road Race fundraising page HERE. The Falmouth Road Race begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 19th.

 

Pictured above: Katrina Fryklund (right) with fellow Latham staff member Anne Haglof before a past Falmouth Road Race