Beating Cancer for the Long Run raises money for local cancer center

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Beating Cancer for the Long Run raises money for local cancer center

Sophomores Grace Ludeman and Peyton Herring cross the finish line of the 5K. Over $4,000 was raised for Wesley Long Cancer Center.

Sophomores Grace Ludeman and Peyton Herring cross the finish line of the 5K. Over $4,000 was raised for Wesley Long Cancer Center.

Kaylen Ayres

Sophomores Grace Ludeman and Peyton Herring cross the finish line of the 5K. Over $4,000 was raised for Wesley Long Cancer Center.

Kaylen Ayres

Kaylen Ayres

Sophomores Grace Ludeman and Peyton Herring cross the finish line of the 5K. Over $4,000 was raised for Wesley Long Cancer Center.

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As the sun was burning off the morning dew, volunteers were busy preparing for the second annual Beating Cancer for the Long Run 5K at Northwest Guilford High School.

The event, held May 4, was established by senior Meredith Sinkler, who wanted to raise money for the Wesley Long Cancer Center after all the staff has done for many families, including her own.

“I realized how many people in our community rely on the cancer center,” Sinkler said. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate because there are so many people with cancer who don’t have good health insurance, and the disease is not only a hard fight mentally and physically, but it’s also a hard fight financially.”

Since the race’s original date was moved to May 4 due to rain, it was unclear how that change was going to affect the number of participants.

“I thought we had a good crowd considering we had to move the date,” Sinkler said.

More than 100 people came out to the event to volunteer or participate. With combined efforts, approximately $4,000 was raised to support Wesley Long.

Freshman Sarah Boals was one of the participants of the 5K and is a teammate of Sinkler. She was proud of Sinkler’s achievements with the race.

“Running the 5K was really fun because I got to run it with friends for a great cause,” Boals said. “Meredith did an awesome job organizing it. She made participation easy to do and worked hard on making the experience fun for everyone.”

With Sinkler graduating this year, she plans to have the event continue at the school.

“My hope for the future is that this will be carried on each year and more people will attend to support the cancer center,” Sinkler said. “I hope to see this event get really big in the next couple years. We need to support locally and help those around us who need it the most. Cancer shouldn’t be a financial burden to those fighting.”

If you want to stay updated on the event for future years, you can follow the race’s Instagram (@beatingcancerforthelongrun) and on Twitter (@bclr2019).

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