The Sunnyside Recreation Center Walking Trail in Middletown has been re-dedicated to the late Alexis "Lexi" Mason who passed away while on a run with her soccer team at the recreation area in 2013.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders attended the balloon launch and plaque dedication, organized by the Mason family of Middletown, Lexi at the Sunnyside Recreation Area walking trail, which is located on the opposite side of Sunnyside Equestrian Center.

The Monmouth County Park System named the walking trail in Lexi’s honor.

Sunnyside Recreation Center Walking Trail re-dedication. (Monmouth County Government)

“It is truly amazing to witness the love of the Mason family through their annual celebrations of Lexi’s life and I am humbled to be a part of this dedication ceremony this year,” Freeholder Lillian Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Park System, said. “This plaque at the trailhead will serve as a commemoration for her family, friends and the Middletown and Monmouth County communities.”

Each year, the Mason family hosts a balloon launch at Sunnyside on the anniversary of Lexi’s passing, which is July 23.

“It is never easy losing someone from your community, especially when that resident is so young,” Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, former Middletown Mayor, said. “This remarkable family was able to channel their grief into charitable work in Lexi’s honor. I would like to thank the Mason family for including the Freeholders in this tribute to their daughter.”

In their daughter’s honor, the Mason family created the Alexis Mason Foundation in 2013 to celebrate Lexi’s life, inspiration and kindness.

The Alexis Mason Foundation awards scholarships to children for sports, arts and academics so that they can follow their passion and dreams.

They also make a monetary donation to both the American Heart Association and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for their continued work in heart research.

For more information about the Alexis Mason Foundation, visit www.alexismasonfoundation.com.

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