On the day before she was to receive her Holy Communion, Friday May 6th, 2016, we lost our daughter, Christina, to a disease called Myocarditis. We have never recovered from this loss, and I am sure we never will. As a parent, losing a child is unfathomable and each and every day we mourn our baby and question how this could happen to her? To help our grieving process and keep Christina’s spirit alive, we decided to create a non-profit organization called Operation Sweet Tooth. Our mission is to honor Christina by supporting the youth in our community. Our goal is to raise funds, toys, personal items and school supplies for the children in our community who are sick, impoverished, displaced, homeless or just need their spirits lifted. It’s of great importance that we are able to turn our pain into purpose, and support children in their times of need, reminding them there are strangers out there who do care.
Each year, we are looking to organize quarterly initiatives that support Operation Sweet Tooth. This is the inaugural In Loving Memory of Christina Latini 8K Run and 2 Mile Walk to benefit Operation Sweet Tooth. Our hope is this race will further drive our efforts to help provide for future outreach events for our local children. The outpouring and support we have received to support Operation Sweet Tooth has been tremendous. Through our first Toy Drive in December 2016, we were able to raise nearly 3,000 toys and gifts spanning across six different states that were distributed to children in orphanages, hospitals, behavioral homes, etc. We continued our efforts in the spring by hosting an Easter Basket Drive that benefitted the Church of God Orphanage. Most recently, we held a Back To School Supply drive benefitting Communities in School Charlotte and Classroom Central. It’s through God’s Grace and the communities generosity that we have been able to touch so many lives and muster up the strength we never thought was possible.
We know there are many race options each weekend as we head into the Spring. We hope you consider participating in our race, to honor a little girl who was full of life until her last breath, as well as support Operation Sweet Tooth to assist children in our community who are less fortunate. For more information, please visit www.operationsweettooth.org.
With Heartfelt Thanks- Greg, Regina and Michael Latini