This group was formed by Amorita Maher, as a promise to her friend, LaRena, that she would do something to remember her and make the next persons fight a successful one.
She and LaRena went through treatments together and May 1, 2000, LaRena lost her battle.
Mary Maher Bengoa wanted to contribute to her mother’s effort and do something special in LaRena’s memory as well. The two of them started this organization and dreamed that they would be able to make the world a better place. Initially their hope was to raise funds to go towards cancer research and stop the disease. In the meantime, they found many people within their community that were having struggles intensified by the financial demands placed on them to get to and from their doctors and be gone for treatments. At that time, it became obvious that there was a pressing need to help those in their community. Stories of the stresses these people were enduring changed their direction. A decision was made to help our community members and contribute to research.
Many amazing people have joined the group over the last 16 years and contributed their time and talents to keep this race going and the organization thriving so that we can help those in our community in their time of need.
We have put a lot of work into making this race a fun event that gives people a place to come together to support those fighting cancer, remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have survived.