The cancer association, Mom/Dad has Cancer, a part of the Cancer Society Rheinland-Pfalz, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a charity run Sept. 6 in Kaiserslautern under the auspices of Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel.
Based on participants’ fitness level, they can run, walk or stroll on a 5 km or 10 km track through the Kaiserslautern forest. The purpose is to support and show solidarity to people affected by cancer. Healthy people will participate and dedicate their run or walk to friends and family members diagnosed with cancer, and cancer patients will participate to show that life goes on with cancer.
“The run and walk against cancer has a special character since no one counts minutes or seconds and faster is not automatically better,” said Esther Day, public relations specialist with the Cancer Society Rheinland-Pfalz. “It is a social community event without the competitive nature of regular races.”
Colorful pennants line the way to the start line and runners can dedicate them to cancer patients by naming them.
For smaller children, a 1,000 m run will begin at 9:45 a.m. There will also be children’s activities including a bouncy castle and live music. After the run, food and beverages will be served.
Registration fee is €5 to be paid in cash the day of the run. Participants can register in advance by visiting www.fck-running.de and clicking on “Lautrer Lebenslauf,” or they can choose to register the day of the event starting at 8 a.m.
The starting location will be at Schulzentrum Sued, Im Stadtwald 2 in 67663 Kaiserslautern. Plenty of parking will be available as well as shower possibilities.
The Mom/Dad has Cancer Association is still looking for a name for its mascot. The life-size mascot helps to raise awareness for the association and will attend events and activities to ease the burden of children whose parents are diagnosed with cancer.
“People with good ideas should enter the name contest by visiting our website at www.lautrerlebenslauf.de or check the K-town Run and Walk against Cancer Facebook site,” Day said. “After the run on Sept. 6, we will baptize our real life-size mascot with the best name and have a birthday party. We hope to be able to welcome many members from the Kaiserslautern Military Community, raise their interest and inform them about our offers.”