Rylie Maedler is a middle school rock star, the Cannabis Kid, the energy behind the bill that not only legalized medical marijuana but took away any stupid stigma, like traveling to an approved location to get your medication. Rylie is a cancer survivor. The cannabis was magic and helped her to not get nauseous, and she progressed to get better.
Rylie’s Smile Foundation is best described on her website. “Rylie’s Smile Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on bringing the smiles back to sick children and their families by helping them achieve a better quality of life. We do this through providing health education, technology devices, advocating for more treatment options for seriously sick children and supporting research of less toxic therapies. When we know better, we can do better for our children. As the foundation grows, we are looking forward to making a great impact in children’s lives globally.”
This fall Rylie will visit Hong Kong and later South Africa as a spokesperson. She’s a cute, interactive, smart child who gets a voice that is heard, and her message resonates.
Back on Lewes Beach, the fourth running of the Rylie’s Dog Days of Summer 5K and Kiddie K was held on Labor Day morning. The Beacon Middle School staff turned out in full force to support Rylie’s Smile Foundation, which helps local kids with dire diagnoses.
A total of 139 athletes raced, jogged and walked. Mike Marciano, 30, of Lewes was the overall winner in 18:21. He was joined on the top 5 male leaderboard by Mike Guessford in 18:53, Matt Sparacino in 19:06, Mike Sewell in 20:13 and Beau Croll in 21:07.
Bethany Killmon Wright, 23, was the women’s winner and fifth overall in 20:22. She was joined on the leaderboard by Michele Karsnitz in 20:48, Corynn Saeridan in 22:07, Mardiny Ung in 22:22 and Jackie Quigley in 23:06.
Male age-group winners include: 9-and-under, Quade Cummings, 27:48; 10-13, Stephen Hart, 22:06; 14-18, Denny Bontempo, 22:41; 19-29, Nathan Trimble, 23:30; 30-39, Mike Marciano, 18:21; 40-49, Matt Sparacino, 19:06; 50-59, Mike Sewell, 20:13; 60-69, Mark Rosaso, 23:53; and 70-79, Jules Woodall, 25:55.
Female age-group winners include: 9-and-under, Katherine Coletti, 30:34; 10-13, Clarissa Feichtel, 24:57; 14-18, Sarah Cummings, 26:37; 19-29, Bethany Wright, 20:22; 30-39, Michele Karsnitz, 20:48; 40-49, Jen Perry, 24:53; 50-59, Mardiny Ung, 22:22; 60-69, Carole Rosaco, 24:01; and 70-79, Mary Presta, 48:04.