Gail Blake was a Special Education Aide in the Somerset Hills School District. From the time Lee was nine years old, Mrs. Blake became her primary support person in the classroom, working with Lee until she graduated from high school in 2005. Under Mrs. Blake care and guidance, Lee matured into the wonderful young woman she is today. Gail worked with her day after day in all of Lee's inclusive education classes, helping her understand math problems, history lessons, and science labs. And she ran interference for Lee in those moments when, you know, Lee needed someone to help her in navigate the social life of elementary, middle and high school. In effect, Gail became Lee's other mother.
We were all devastated by the loss of Gail last year. She had become part of our family and was always included in the center of Lee's circle of friends. We miss her every day. Lee now calls her "my angel in heaven."
Gail's three sons, Dexter, Darren and Dennis, were part of Lee's circle as well. In fact, she still has plans to marry Dennis and tells him so each time she sees him! Her sons have established a foundation in her honor and Lee will be walking for Gail on May 31st in the first annual Gail Blake 1 Mile Fun Run. Mike and Lee have been in training for the past several months to prepare for the walk. Please consider supporting Lee as she walks to raise money for the foundation. Checks should be made out to the Gail Blake Foundation, Inc. and mailed to our home address: 7 Mendham Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Thank you so much!
A Note From Lee Prendella
I am a proud sponsor of this year's fun run. Please support me as I walk for Mrs. Blake. All of your dollars will go to support other children reach their dreams.