5K Run/Walk set for Saturday, Oct. 5, in Clark’s Oak Ridge Park

Miracles for Myeloma, a 5K Run/Walk, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, in Oak Ridge Park, Clark. The course, staged entirely within the park on paved paths, is USATF-certified and people of all ages are encouraged to participate in this community-wide fundraiser.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells which attacks and destroys bone. The co-founders of the race are Clark resident Sheree Pask, a myeloma survivor and a teacher at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield Nursery School, and Westfield resident Gina Klemm, whose brother, Frank Guarino, died of the disease in 2012.

Runners may also register at the door. For pre-registered participants, T-shirts will be distributed and event bags. Awards will be given for best times in various categories. All proceeds will be donated to the International Myeloma Foundation.

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m., with the race officially starting at 9 a.m.

A memorial path where maroon and white balloons tied to placards with names of people being honored will be featured. Maroon balloons are designated for patients living with myeloma or other forms of cancer and white in remembrance of those who have passed on from cancer.

Pask, currently in remission, has undergone chemotherapy and two stem-cell transplants in the last few years. “I am blessed with a wonderful support network of family members, friends and co-workers and doctors and nurses who have helped me immensely during my cancer journey,” she said. “Now, I am calling upon all of you to help us get to the finish line … finding a cure for multiple myeloma.”

For more information or to register, visit https://online.myeloma.org/NetCommunity/miraclesformyeloma or call 732-574-9182.

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