By Mullainy Fine
The Pursuit of Wellness 5K Walk/Run was created in memory of my grandmother, Carol Vail. My grandmother Carol was one of the most caring and loving individuals that I have ever known. She was, and still is, an inspiration to me with her constant positive attitude and unwavering strength. She touched the hearts of every single person she ever came in contact with. Her love is irreplaceable.
The overall experience of putting this event on was amazing! There is no greater reward than knowing that you have not only put together an event in memory of a deserving woman and in honor of such a worthy cause, but that you have also raised a significant amount of money for that cause. Last year, the Pursuit of Wellness raised $3,300 through race entry fees, a raffle and sponsorships from local businesses within our community. We chose to have the proceeds go to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research because of its dedication to the cure. The Foundation is very personable, welcoming, and understanding. We felt that we could truly make a connection with everyone working at the Foundation. The Foundation is determined to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and to save lives that need not be lost. Its dedication is an inspiration.
The Pursuit of Wellness not only raised funds for pancreatic cancer research, but was also most definitely successful in raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. Many citizens of the surrounding community had little to no knowledge about this form of cancer before the Pursuit of Wellness took place. We have had countless people in the community approach us volunteering their time and efforts to help organize this event. Through this event, we have met other individuals that have been personally affected by pancreatic cancer and have developed great friendships with them as a result.
We cannot wait to organize the Second Annual Pursuit of Wellness which will take place on June 2, 2012 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester Center, VT!