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Beating cancer for the long run: juniors plan 5K for local cancer center

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Beating cancer for the long run: juniors plan 5K for local cancer center

Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K is happening on April 28, 2018. The logo was designed by junior Brooke Bobetich.

Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K is happening on April 28, 2018. The logo was designed by junior Brooke Bobetich.

Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K is happening on April 28, 2018. The logo was designed by junior Brooke Bobetich.

Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K is happening on April 28, 2018. The logo was designed by junior Brooke Bobetich.

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Everyone knows someone who is or has been affected by cancer. Thousands of people dying and getting diagnosed with cancer every year and juniors Meredith Sinkler and Samantha Gregory have teamed up with the girls’ lacrosse team and Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long to create a 5K run and fun run to beat cancer for the long run.

As someone who has a family member who has cancer, Sinkler is very passionate about the race and the positive effect it can have on other families dealing with cancer.

“I personally know what it’s like to have a parent with cancer,” Sinkler said. “It makes everything a lot smoother when there is a great medical staff and hospital which is why I want to give back to Wesley Long so they can help out more families like mine in our area.” 

With the help of Latin teacher Kathryn Beach, the two juniors have talked about getting sponsors, advertising with the local news and gathering student volunteers. Sinkler and Gregory envision an event where the whole community gets together to raise money for a good cause.

“People of all ages can participate and it’s good exercise,” Sinkler said.

The date of the race is set for April 28 at 10 a.m. on the Northwest High School cross country trail. The price for the race is $15 which includes a t-shirt and the race ticket. Donations are also accepted.

“You can sign up online,” Sinkler said. “Tickets will also be sold during lunch the week of March 5. Packet pickup will occur two days before the race on April 26 and if you cannot come then you can come into the race an hour early to pick it up.”

Other than the 5K, Gregory has planned a variety of other events for the day of the race.

“At the day of the race, there will be a chance to win a raffle basket. There will also be a dog kissing booth, a bake sale and face painting,” Gregory said.

After the 5K, there will be a chance for the younger kids to participate in a fun run.

“The fun run is for elementary-aged kids and younger,” Sinkler said. “There will be obstacles every 100 meters.”

Other students such as junior Erin Kohn are also helping out with the race.

“I made posters that are put up around the school and I’m planning on baking something for the bake sale,” Kohn said.

Sinkler is looking for volunteers and sponsors to help and getting the word out about the race.

“Right now it is just the girls’ lacrosse team, but we hope to get more sports teams, clubs and other members of the community to participate,” Sinkler said.

For more updates on Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K, text @bclr to 81010.

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