Tutu Tough 5K & Kids Dash

5K, Other

Event Date

Sat, Nov 15, 2014


Lexington, KY

About This Activity

Join us on Saturday, November 15th at 10:00am at the Kentucky Horsepark for the inaugural family friendly TuTuTough5K and Kids Dash.

Why Tutu Tough?

The Tutu Tough 5k is a benefit for Carlin Beasley, an adorable 3 year old Kentucky farm girl fighting an aggressive form of cancer.  In October 2013, she had a seizure at home which led to an MRI, revealing a small tumor. Carlin’s family made a tough decision to resect the tumor at the earliest opportunity. That opportunity came the day before Thanksgiving. The surgery lasted almost 8 hours, and 4 days later she was at home, running around like any other little kid. The family’s hopes of putting the experience in the rear view mirror were dashed two weeks later when the doctors told them that the tumor was in fact something called ETANTR: a rare, aggressive type of cancer with a poor survival rate (approximately 15% of children survive for 3 years, the median is 12 months).

Carlin has completed a six month course of chemotherapy. Her last three cycles were consecutive high dose chemo with stem cell transplants. After finishing chemo at Cincinnati Children's, they traveled to Philadelphia, and she rolled immediately into a course of proton therapy (radiation) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Carlin is now back home and being monitored with imaging studies (MRI) every three months and periodic spinal taps and bloodwork.

Carlin continues to be a steadfast warrior in the body of an imaginative, mischievous, tutu-wearing three year old. They will continue to fight the good fight, and consider every day their magic number. This is why we wear tutu's when we run.  We encourage you do to the same on race day in honor of Carlin and her fight.

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