Bethel Park runs toward cure for DIPG

Lauren Mullen, Staff writer

The Joey Fabus 5K run and 1-mile walk will be held at BPHS this Sunday, Sept. 16.

The race starts at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be at 10 a.m.

To run the 5K, it costs $30, and to walk the mile it is $15. It’s a great way to raise money, come out with your community, and get in shape.

The race is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, UPMC, the Bethel Park Soccer Association, Mascaro Construction, Ameriprise Financial, Pasta Too, St. Clair Hospital, Fragasso Financial Advisers, ARTIS Senior Living, Alpine Pools, Miller’s ACE Hardware, Eat N’ Park, Ready Nutrition, Sport Clips, and Paul Henney Memorial Chapel.

The Bethel Park girls basketball and soccer teams assist with the race.

“This is the fourth year for the race and it’s a great morning of awareness and inspiration to help fight the dreaded childhood cancer DIPG. The girls basketball and soccer teams have been volunteering since the inaugural race and take advantage of the opportunity to give back to their community,” said Jonna Burke, head coach of the girls basketball team.

To register for the race, go to the Joey Fabus Cancer Foundation website. Online registration is now closed, but Tuesday, Sept. 12 is the last day to mail in your registration.

The race packet pick up is Saturday, Sept, 15 at Fleet Feet Sports from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Race-day registration is also acceptable and will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and cash is preferred.

On May 15, 2014, Bethel Park’s own Joey Fabus was told news no young child should ever have to hear. He was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is an inoperable brain tumor. Unfortunately, every child diagnosed with DIPG will pass away within, or much fewer, than a year after being diagnosed. The survival rate is zero.
On January 21, 2015, Bethel Park lost an amazing soul, but heaven gained a beautiful angel.

The Joey Fabus Cancer Foundation (JFCCF) was created to honor Joey and the way he lived life, and how his story changed peoples lives. Joey is very missed and his life will never be forgotten. Every fundraiser is a way to raise money to be donated to facilities that research DIPG all around the world in hopes to one day find a treatment, and one day a cure to this horrific disease.

We want to run over DIPG and with your help and generous donations, we can make this possible. Remember to stay Joey Strong and live Joey Strong.

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