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Join us for the 15th Annual Scare Brain Cancer Away 5K Run/Walk AND 1.5 Mile Walk 

When: October 21, 2023

Time: 9:00am (Walk slightly after the Runners go off)

Where: East Rochester High School Start/Finish, running through the streets of East Rochester

Cost: $30.00 5K Run/Walk
**USATF Members get discount taken off at checkout**

We will be offering our t-shirt, post race party, and post race awards to the top 3 in each age group (5 year age groups)

Top finishers receive $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30.  Top Masters $30.

Cutoff to guarantee a shirt on race day is October 1

Packet Pick up:
Friday October 20th 12p – 6p at Rochester Running Company on Mt. Hope Ave
Race morning 7:30a – 8:45a at the School

2023 Scare Brain Cancer Away Recipient:
Abby McCarthy

Most of us know Abby as the through-hiking and ultra running queen, with a side hustle goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. She finds things like Vol. State 500k “fun” – AKA traversing Tennessee in  4 days, 21 hrs and 8 minutes for a total of 313 miles. She’s also known for completing the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail In 2008. And 10 years later tackling the thru-hike of the PCT (in 2018).

On the 15th of October 2022, Abby had a seizure while she was sleeping. She thought this was a first time occurrence…..Doctors here in Rochester, after hearing about a string of nightmares she had been having over the summer, determined that they were not nightmares but tiny seizures in her temporal lobe. — A resulting MRI showed two masses, one being more concerning than the other. They told her that the mass on the left was cancerous and the cause of the seizures, but something they could confidently cut out.

Abby had surgery on the 29th of November and spent nearly 3 weeks in Boston recovering while going to physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. On December 18, 2022 she was released and planned to continue the physical therapy in Rochester. She will also be treated with chemotherapy after 6 weeks of radiation which started early in March.
Abby has stayed positive and optimistic, going for walks and runs between treatments. She even ran a 35 hour race during her first week of Radiation – managing 113 miles! She is determined to get the most out of everyday – even through the bad days – and roast the tumor to the ground. Abby brings joy to everything she does and everyone she spends time with. Money raised will go to Abby to help pay medical bills.