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Second Annual Brady West Memorial Walk

Angela Stanzione

(11/20) The Second Annual Brady West Memorial Walk was held on Sunday, November 9 at Thurmont Community Park.

The walk was created by Jaime Sweeney and John West to honor their son, Brady, who died after only four months of life. The walk is held in November for Brady’s birthday, November 9, 2006.

“We have baked goods and balloons. It’s sort of like his birthday party,” said West.

The event had 140 pre-registered walkers and there were expected to be 200 people altogether. At 2 p.m. the walkers began a three-lap walk around the park’s Nature Trail led by Sweeney and West. Registration was $10 and included a walk t-shirt. Money raised by the event goes toward the Brady West Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Frederick County to help Catoctin High School students pay for a college education.

“When Brady passed, we got a lot of support from the community and we wanted to be able to give back to the people who helped us,” said West.

Last year the couple only expected to give away one scholarship to a deserving student, but the walk and a bingo event in Brady’s honor were so successful they were able to give two; one to Dusty Kidd and the other to Sarah Topper.

“We figured we could benefit someone else with his memory,” said Sweeney. “We both went to Catoctin [high school] and are from the area. It’s a good way to show the people who support us where their support is going.”

“We want to help kids who need it the most. We select ‘B’ students because usually the other scholarships are going to all straight ‘A’ students and good students sometimes get left out,” West added.

In March, around the time of Brady’s passing, the couple will hold their second bingo event. Last year the event sold out with 225 participants. According to West, this year they hope to have even more success so they can give more scholarship money.

Though the money is helpful, the most important part of Brady’s legacy is the support and love from the community the couple has received.

“We want to thank everyone for their support,” said Sweeney. “We want to thank everyone for remembering him.”

Contributions to The Brady West Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County located at 312 East Church Street in Frederick with the fund’s name in the memo line. Or visit the foundation’s website at for more information and press releases of upcoming events.

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