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A Winning Fun Run for Cancer

An action packed and inspiring fun run will be held in May by Cory’s Crusaders whose mission is to provide financial assistance to the parents of children battling cancer.  Participants at the event will engage in either a walkathon or a marathon while they strive to raise funds to be used in the fight against childhood brain cancer and awareness, bringing it to the forefront in the fight against all types of cancers.Fun Run for Cancer

The race is on with the marathon beginning at 10 in the morning and the walkathon fundraiser taking place throughout the day on the track. This defines a fun run for those of us who aren’t familiar with the term.  Folks at any fitness level or age can participate and the focus is on fun fundraising. The only real requirement is that your heart be committed to the support of seeking more cancer research, and to all who are fighting cancer.

Cory’s Crusaders crowdfunding event is a fun filled family day to raise money & awareness for families of children with brain cancer as well as to support The Cory Edward Gaudet Memorial Scholarship Fund. This is a family friendly FUNRAISING event with activities scheduled throughout the day to entertain the whole family. The day will begin with some last minute registrations at 8:30 am and check in and will last throughout the day ending at 2:00 pm.

Students from any school grades 9 thru 12 who register and complete the fun run for cancer research will be entered to win one of two scholarships to be awarded on the day of the event. All female students finishing the race will be entered in a drawing for one $500 scholarship. The male finishers will be entered into a separate drawing for the second $500 scholarship. The winning children will be chosen randomly making the focus about participating in the fight against cancer rather than competing – and pretty exciting for the kids anticipating who will win.

Cory’s Crusaders will also be giving away a third $500 scholarship to a senior and presented at the senior awards night. Senior citizens who are not doing the fun run are participating as volunteers. By the way, volunteers are needed for: Cory’s Crusaders Product Table, Raffle Table and the Food Table. More information to come on this (last year they had grills with people cooking hamburgers & hotdogs).

This fun run is open to individuals who choose to walk or run on their own or those who wish to become a team captain or be on a team of walkers or runners. Teams are encouraged to join forces and raise funds as a group, have fun with it and create team names and put on their happy faces preparing for a day full of fun and also commitment.

Along with raising funds a walking team will work together to keep a member walking on the track at all times throughout the day. This will be important and reflect what it takes to get through the day in the life of a family battling brain cancer. It’s a group effort and no one can do it alone.”

There will be awards given to the 3 top fundraisers and 3 top fundraising teams. The road race is open to all ages, there will be prizes for top finishers for both male and female runners. Trophies will be given to the top finishers in each age group 30 and over, 29 and under & students 18 years and younger, along with prizes for top finishers over all. “We will be posting a schedule of the daily events, so please check back periodically as we move forward & more arrangements for the day’s activities are planned and organized.” The creative and prolific fun run activities of the Cory’s Crusaders event planner are truly commendable. If the day isn’t rich and inspiring enough as it is (wow!) they have yet to finish adding more.

Cory’s Crusaders have added tips for their participants on their fundraising website as follows: Don’t forget to ask everyone you meet to support you in your fundraising efforts. Ask them for $10 or $20 – small amounts can make a difference! Ask not only your co-workers, family and friends, but your hair dresser or barber, your mail carrier, your kids’ teachers, your clients, your baker, your favorite store owners and others you interact with regularly. See our peer-to-peer participant tools for fundraising ideas and tips, sample letters, a detailed user guide to the participant control panel, and more.

Tracy Bak is currently the top individual fundraiser of the fun run having raising over $900 to date. She has added a mission statement to her personal fundraising page: Cory’s Crusaders, Inc. is a 501c3 Non Profit public charity formed in January of 2013 by Teresa & Jim Gaudet. Our son Cory was diagnosed with DIPG an aggressive and terminal brain tumor on January 31, 2011 and lost his courageous 19 month battle on August 19, 2012 just 4 days after his 18th birthday.  The financial impact that comes along with having a child with cancer is more often than not too much for most families to handle. Brain Cancer in general can make children blind, deaf, unable to speak or paralyzed and because of this they often need 24 hour around the clock care. We have also learned that there has been little advancement in how childhood brain cancers have been treated over the past 30 years, specifically DIPG. The only form of approved treatment is radiation and this only gives the child a life expectancy of 6 to 9 months. This needs to change. Our Kids deserve a fighting chance!

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Maureen Peine

About Maureen Peine

Maureen has been writing and marketing for DoJiggy for over 7 years, and has a strong background in nonprofit fundraising. While with The Nature Conservancy for 7 years prior to DoJiggy, she learned the inner workings of marketing to the State of California within the external affairs department. Her heart is in her writing as she believes in the power of change through nonprofit organizations.
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