Run, Bike, Kayak And Play To Fund Cancer Research

The Saturday, September 9 CureSearch Tri-Cure-Athon will include a fun walk, timed run, cycling, kayaking, a motorcycle run and wacky games. Last year’s event (pictured) raised over $18,000 for childhood cancer research. MIRROR PHOTO BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — When Brody Pizzifred was fighting cancer, Cure-Search made it possible for him to participate in drug trials that his mother believes prolonged and improved the quality of his life. After Brody died in January 2015, his mom, Tricia, vowed to raise money for CureSearch, in order to help boost the woefully underfunded childhood cancer research done in this country. “The mission of Cure-Search is to end children’s cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame,” she said. “We want to team up with CureSearch and make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day.” Last year, in the first CureSearch Ultimate Tri-Cure-Athon, teams participating in the walk, bike, run and other events raised over $18,000. Corporate donations and teams also contributed to that total. This year, Tricia is hoping to match and exceed that amount, with a bigger, better Tri-Cure-Athon. On Saturday, September 9, participants can sign up for one or several events at Whitehouse Park, each in a poker run style with a winning hand receiving prizes at the end. Events include: • A 5K hike or a chip-timed 5K trail run through Whitehouse Park, around the Blue Creek Metropark quarry and back. The 5K hike begins at noon; the timed run begins at 2:00 p.m., sponsored by Dave’s Running Shop. • A 5-mile or more bike ride along the south fork of the Wabash Cannonball Trail, beginning at 10:00 a.m. • Kayaking in the quarry from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and using nets to collect balls with poker cards inside. River Lures is providing the kayaks. • A half-mile Fun Walk that incorporates five wacky walk stations to collect poker cards, beginning at 2:10 p.m. • A Motorcycle Poker Fun Run, beginning at Mainstreet Life Church in Walbridge at 11:00 a.m., that includes five stops and a police escort to the park. • Wacky games, including human foosball, Gaga Ball and Yard Jenga; carnival games; arts and crafts; and food from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • A delicious chicken dinner, grilled up by White-house Fire Association members. The day wraps up with a celebration ceremony, with a balloon release in memory of children who have lost their battles with cancer. Teams and individuals are welcome to sign up. Events range from $10.00 to $15.00 each or $20.00 for a multi-event pass. Those who raise over $100 will receive a CureSearch gold event T-shirt. To sign up, visit or stop by the park at least 15 minutes prior to each event. Volunteers, including teenagers, are still welcome to assist with games, setup and cleanup throughout the day. Guests are invited to remain in Whitehouse for that evening’s Buskerfest, which will feature performers, food, beer and wine and The Grape Smugglers.

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