Thea’s Star of Hope will conduct the annual “Step-it-up for Research” 5K race and 1-mile fun walk on Saturday, April 23 at Pond Road Middle School (150 Pond Road, Robbinsville, New Jersey) at 1:30 p.m. The event’s 500 runners have a goal to raise $30,000 toward brain tumor research and family support activities sponsored by the Robbinsville organization. The event is held in conjunction with Robbinsville Township’s Green Fair and features family friendly activities including a DJ, bounce house, face painting and Earth-day Celebration vendors.
All for Dance studio’s competition dance team is once again sponsoring the event. All for Dance owners Holly Yablonowitz and Cynthia Coolidge encourage community involvement and have raised money to support Thea’s Star of Hope since 2014.
Eight-year-old Thea Danze was an All for Dance student in 2012 when she suffered a complication from her brain tumor treatment. For the past four years, she has been learning how to walk again. Although Thea can no longer express her love for dance in the studio, she has made steady improvement and plans to participate in the event with fellow students from All for Dance.
“The dancers are excited to raise money for a cause that’s so close to their hearts” says Yablonowitz. “We felt that holding a 5K race with Robbinsville Township would be a great way to show our support for Thea and raise money to help kids just like her.” Participants may learn more or pre-register for the race and walk by visiting http://www.theasstarofhope.org/pages/step-it-up-5k%20(online registration or mail-in forms are available at $27.50 and $25 respectively). Those who register by April 3, 2016 receive a race tee shirt.
Trisha Danze founded Thea’s Star of Hope in 2011. The organizations mission is to improve the treatment experience for kids with brain tumors. They do this by supporting research for improved treatments with fewer side effects and by sponsoring support activities for families in the New Jersey/Philadelphia region.
In 2015, Thea’s Star of Hope raised more than $50,000. They have provided $30,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Neuro-Oncology Research Fund and the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium. In 2016, the organization is partnering with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to create the “Star Portfolio” a resource guide for newly diagnosed families. Thea’s Star of Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and a Guidestar Silver-rated volunteer-only organization.
Other upcoming events for runners include:
- Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. 5K, Byrne Up the Road, Spring Lake, New Jersey
- Sunday, March 6, 9 a.m. 13.1 Miles, E.Murray Todd Half Marathon, Middletown, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 12, 5K, Run of the Mill 5K, Clinton, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 12, 5K, Shamrock N Run, Rutherford, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 12, 5K, St. Paddy’s Day 5K, Morris Township, New Jersey
- Sunday, March 13, 5K, The Lucky Run, Sewell, New Jersey
- Sunday, March 13, 10 Miles, 5K, FARC St. Paddy’s Day 10 Mler and 5K, Freehold, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 19, 5K, Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K, Haddonfield, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 19, 5K, Lacey Elks Run for the Heroes, Lacey, New Jersey
- Saturday, March 19, 5K and 10 Miles, St Pat’s Boardwalk 10 Miler, Margate, New jersey
- Sunday, March 20, 5k, 10 Miles, 26.2 Miles, Ocean Drive Marathon, Cape May, New Jersey
- Sunday, March 20, 20K, Miles for Music, Piscataway, New Jersey
- Saturday, April 9, 5K, Step Up for the ARC 5K, Asbury Park, New Jersey
- Saturday, April 16, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 5K, RunAPalooza, Asbury Park, New Jersey