CANTON — The second annual Canton 5K is giving donations to a local mother of three who is battling breast cancer.
Nicole Nightingale is fighting invasive papillary carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma, and will need 12 expensive rounds of chemotherapy.
Coordinators of the race choose a worthy individual or group to receive the proceeds of each race, and this year, they hope to help the Nightengale family on their journey.
“Every year before we have the event, we look for something that may need some funding or need a little help and this year was Nicole going through her health problems,” said Tom Kueser, senior vice president of State Bank of Canton and coordinator of the 5K. “I thought, ‘This would be a great way to help their family out a little bit,’ so that’s who were benefiting this year.”
He explained that Nightengale and her husband are two hardworking people, and she has unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer, all while being a working mother and wife.
“I figured, what better reason to give a little money that way,” he said.
In the race’s first year, donations went to the Canton city park.
The race is Sept. 30 and will begin and end in Canton Park, located on Park Street.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for T-shirts has ended, but there will still be some available on a first-come, first-serve basis on race day.
There will be first place plaques awarded to winners of each category and each participant will receive a finisher medal, as well as earbuds.
“Something new we’re going to have is a plaque for the first place stroller entree that comes in this year as well,” Kueser said. “We had several moms with strollers last year that participated and I thought we should to do something for them too.”
Children being pushed in the stroller will not be charged for a registration fee.
The race will be on paved streets inside Canton city limits.
There will be free water stations at the start line, the halfway point and the finish line.
Kueser is excited for this years event and hopes bad weather will stay away so more can come out this year.
“We’re trying to grow this thing year by year, we’ve had a lot of good sponsors this year and a lot of people are starting to get behind us so that’s good news,” Kueser said. “It’s a good way for everyone to get together locally and even if you aren’t local, if you’ve known someone that’s gone through it and want to help with some proceeds, its a good way to help.”
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