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Run for the Roses Alexandria 2016 (Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
Sat, Sep 10, 2016
Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
Whether you are an avid runner or just a beginner, you won't want to miss this event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
Why do we Run for the Roses?
The 65 Roses® Story
"65 Roses" is what some children with cystic fibrosis (CF) call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce.
Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1965 after learning that her three little boys had CF. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary's 4-year-old son, Richard (Ricky), listened closely to his mother as she made each call.
After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his Mom, "I know what you are working for." Mary was dumbstruck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know that he had cystic fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary asked, "What am I working for, Ricky?" He answered, "You are working for 65 Roses." Mary was speechless.
He could not see the tears running down Mary's cheeks as she stammered, "Yes Ricky, I'm working for 65 Roses."
Since 1965, the term "65 Roses" has been used by children of all ages to describe their disease. But, making it easier to say does not make CF any easier to live with.
The ugly fact is that cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States.
Sadly, Richard lost his fight against CF in 2014. Richard is survived by his devoted wife, Lisa, his adored dog, Keppie, and his brother, Anthony.
The "65 Roses" story has captured the hearts and emotions of all who have heard it. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol of love, has become a symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Pre-Registration $25 ($17 Tax-Deductible)
Race Day Registration $30 ($22 Tax-Deductible)
65 Roses® is a registered trademark of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are helping those with CF to live longer, healthier lives.
If you would like to learn more about cystic fibrosis, please visit www.cff.org
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT FOUNDATION EVENTS:
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event.
Event details and schedule
WHEN: September 10, 2016
WHERE: Holy Savior Menard Central High School
A$25 Pre-Registered ($17 Tax-Deductible)
$30 Day of Registration ($22 Tax-Deductible)
Registration - 8:00 a.m.
Race Start Time - 9:00 a.m.
Age Groups: 12 & under, 13 & up
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female in each age group
*Sizes and Quantities of T-Shirts are limited! Register today!