Cancer run continues to hit its stride
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.