Can­cer run con­tin­ues to hit its stride

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - TIM MILLER tjmiller@post­

For eight years a ded­i­cated group of run­ners have been lac­ing up their sneak­ers and pound­ing the pave­ment in the fight against kids’ can­cer.

On Sun­day the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run hit its stride once again as dozens of peo­ple turned out for the morn­ing event.

Or­ga­nizer Lisa Allen said it all started eight years ago when her hus­band, Da­mon, was set for his first ride in the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride — an an­nual fundrais­ing ride which sees its par­tic­i­pants bik­ing from coast to coast.

“We thought we’d or­ga­nize some­thing for peo­ple to come out... and sup­port the cause,” said Allen. “It’s just kept go­ing since then.”

Allen said the run usu­ally sees be­tween 70 to 100 peo­ple in­volved each year.

“It’s a nice group of peo­ple that we get and it grows ev­ery year.”

Funds raised by the fun run go to the Coast To Coast Against Can­cer Foun­da­tion

“All of what we do here is 100 per cent do­nated to their fundrais­ing goal.”

That amount av­er­ages around $2,500 a year, though a high wa­ter mark for one year was more than $4,000, said Allen.

Allen added they were very thank­ful for the amount of com­mu­nity sup­port they’ve re­ceived.

“Ev­ery year and ev­ery time we see peo­ple it’s al­ways en­cour­ag­ing and con­grat­u­la­tory. We do it be­cause we en­joy do­ing it but the thanks just makes it that much more.”

Belleville run­ner Holly Goulah came dressed for the oc­ca­sion in a Bat­man out­fit.

“I wanted kids to get ex­cited,” she said. “I wanted my kids to see we all have some kind of power and even if it’s just get­ting up and mov­ing and en­joy­ing the day, then you’re pretty su­per.”

Goulah had heard about the run through Tri & Run Sports in Tren­ton.

“They ad­ver­tised it and I thought what a won­der­ful cause.

“I’m pumped. It’s time to kick the snow off my sneak­ers.”

For par­ents Mike Plough­man and Tanya Boehm of Shan­nonville, Sun­day’s run had a very spe­cial mean­ing.

Their daugh­ter, Mar­low, was di­ag­nosed with Stage 4 Rhab­domyosar­coma can­cer in De­cem­ber of 2011. She was fea­tured in a Sick­Kids VS cam­paign, which launched last Oc­to­ber.

All three par­tic­i­pated in this year’s fun run.

“We try to sup­port and try to come out and to be a part of it,” said Plough­man.

Allen said meet­ing fam­i­lies who have come face to face with child­hood can­cer — in­clud­ing in some cases those who have lost chil­dren to it — changes you.

“Once you’ve met them, it’s in your heart,” she said. “It’s part of your daily life.”


Eric McFad­den works hard as he ap­proaches the fin­ish line at the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run on Sun­day in Belleville.

A pair of run­ners go for a warm-up run be­fore the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run.

Dozens of run­ners turned out for the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run. While adults ran the 5 km course, a 1 km course was avail­able for chil­dren.


Two-year-old Abby Cobb of Col­borne was one of the youngest par­tic­i­pants in the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run on Sun­day.

Mar­low Plough­man scoots by dur­ing the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run on Sun­day in Belleville. Plough­man was di­ag­nosed wit Rhab­domyosar­coma can­cer in 2011 and was joined on Sun­day's run by par­ents Mike Plough­man and Tanya Boehm.

Lorne Singer breathes hard as he en­ters the fi­nal stretch of the Sears Na­tional Kids Can­cer Ride 5K Fun Run. Singer was the first to cross the fin­ish line.

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