The first-ever Our Colors Run Together 5K and One Mile Fun Run was meant to kick off today, but was canceled due to weather.
“Our colors run together and we just wanted to have a platform for people to come out and celebrate and honor and remember those that are fighting cancer,” said Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation Development Director, Jodi Reid, “and every dollar that we raise through this event stays local in the top 26 Texas Panhandle counties to help folks that have cancer.”
The rain might have dampened the event today, but not the runners. They were still ready to go.
“I think more than anything, it kinda shows the difficulty of the cancer journey and how you just push through everything that comes and we should just celebrate those survivors,” said Curtis Reneau, Director of Harrington Cancer Center.
Although lightning forced them to cancel, Reid said 354 people registered to participate.
“We’ve raised just over $73,000 and that’s an amazing amount for this first-time event and our community is just great to rally behind things like this,” Reid said. “We really appreciate it.”
That money will go to help people like 4-year-old Briar, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was just one year old.
“She had neuroblastoma,” said Jessica Beghtel, Briar’s mother. “It was a solid tumor that she had in her abdomen. It was hard at the time. She was 17 months old and she wasn’t able to tell us what hurt or what she needed. We look at it kind of as a blessing now because a lot of it she doesn’t remember, but she knows that she fought it and she beat it…we’re excited about that.”
The event gives hope to people fighting all types of cancer diagnoses as all colors are represented by ribbons.
Reid said they hope to make this unique event a Texas Panhandle tradition.
The funds will go to the 24 Hours in the Canyon Survivorship Center and toward a sunscreen initiative to help prevent skin cancer.
We are told the race will not be rescheduled.