A Message from Brett and Leah McDonough
Once again, Zoe's Rainbow Dash 2015 was a fun, successful
event! We raised another $36,000 for six amazing organizations,
which brings us to a total of $112,000 donated by The Zoe McDonough
Foundation since 2013.
It has taken us a while to reach out to you because Brett and I have been
praying and struggling over the decisions to be made on behalf of The Zoe
Many of you may not be aware of the horrific color run tragedy in Taiwan, which
occurred only a week before Zoe's Rainbow Dash 2015. Almost 500 people
were burned when the airborne colored powder suddenly caught fire. Close
to 400 people were hospitalized, with over 200 of them in intensive care
units. Several people died. Other color run organizations are saying
that their colored powder is not flammable, but after investigation, it
is clear that ALL powder (cornstarch, flour, etc.) is highly
flammable as it is dispersed into the air. There have been thousands of
color runs and this has happened only once so far, but Brett and I cannot carry
on with Zoe's Rainbow Dash in good conscience if people's lives are in possible
danger. It is with saddened hearts that we inform you that we will not
continue Zoe's Rainbow Dash.
Zoe's Rainbow Dash was a perfect representation of Zoe's and Sue's
souls....selfless, fun-loving, energetic, and compassionate. It began as
therapy for us to prepare ourselves for the one-year anniversary of Zoe's
death, but it became a healing event for so many others who have lost loved
Since July 5, 2012, God has comforted and provided strength through
you....not only for those of us grieving the loss of a loved one, but
also for the many children and their families who benefited through Ronald
McDonald House, Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, The Bethlehem Center, Big
Brothers Big Sisters, New Richland Area Food Shelf, Erlanger Children's
Hospital, Project 541, and Locks of Love. Each of you has played a
crucial role in the success of Zoe's Rainbow Dash, and we hope you are forever
blessed by the memories of this event.
Thanks again with all of our hearts!
Leah and Brett McDonough