Third annual Stephanie Grady Memorial Run set for this Saturday

Seen in above photo: Stephanie’s parents Jim and Jennifer Doyle, sister Crystal Doyle, along with Nick, Taylor, Riley and Danika Grady, are joined by some of the 2km finishers from last year’s Stephanie Grady Memorial Run. Courtesy photo

Stephanie Grady Memorial Run and Family BBQ

INGLESIDE — The weather forecast looks great for the upcoming Stephanie Grady Memorial Run and Family BBQ which will be held Saturday, September 30, starting with the 10km run at 10 a.m. at the Stephanie Grady Educational Pavilion at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ingleside.

This will be the 3rd annual event to support local causes planned by the Grady and Doyle Families, and will be held on the weekend marking Stephanie’s birthday. Last year’s event drew 200 participants and raised $2,870.42 for Camp Erin Eastern Ontario with an additional $950 collected in donations to support the “Getting on Board Project” at Upper Canada Migratory Sanctuary. 

Friends, family and community members are welcome to lace up their sneakers and register for a 10K run, 5K run or 2K walk/run on the picturesque bike path between the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the Ingleside entrance of the Long Sault Parkway. All competitors will receive a t-shirt, a running bib and a medal at the finish line. Stephanie had a passion for running and we welcome runners of all levels to join us to cherish Stephanie’s memory and to help us raise money for Camp Erin Eastern Ontario which provide children with grief support. Following the races, a BBQ will be held near the Stephanie Grady Educational Pavilion at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Any donations for the BBQ are completely optional and will be going towards supporting the “Getting on Board” project of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. In order to register for the run, visit runningroom.com Race ID # 14324 or by registering at the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary beginning at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the run.

Stephanie’s sister, Crystal Doyle, is hoping this year’s event will be as successful as the 2016 edition.

“I am excited by the community response to this race. This is a wonderful event where you can have fun with a family stroll or get out for a run knowing that you are raising money for two wonderful charities.”

 

Background About the “We’re NUT Givin’ Up” Campaign

The “We’re NUT Givin’ Up” campaign was launched in February 2014 to provide support for Stephanie Grady, a local wife and mother of three who battled a rare form of cancer called NUT Midline Carcinoma. Grady’s hope for overcoming this form of cancer was an experimental drug called BET Inhibitor, one not covered by Ontario’s health plan. The high cost of health care in the U.S., where Grady could enter the trials, prompted family and friends to form Team Grady. Referred to by Stephanie as her, “Army of Blue”, individuals, schools and communities organized events and activities ranging from sporting events to dances, pub-nights, silent auctions, scrapbooking marathons, raffles, and more. The campaign reached as far as the East Coast to Prince Edward Island, where Stephanie Grady originated from.

“The united response to this initiative was overwhelmingly incredible and inspirational,” said event organizer Heather Lisney. “The strength that the generosity of people provided to Stephanie as she fought was monumental. Their kindness still provides support and encouragement to Nick, the children and many others each day.”Lisney continued, “Stephanie was an inspiration to so many. Her fighting spirit, combined with her cheeky humour and humility throughout her battle were qualities to be admired. Her family meant everything to her. She wanted to know she did everything she could to fight. She did.”

Unfortunately, her disease progressed too rapidly for her to start treatment. On May 10th 2014, just four days after when she should have started the trials, she died peacefully in her home with her family by her side.

For more information, please contact event co-ordinators,  

Nick Grady (nick.grady@ucdsb.on.ca)

Crystal Doyle (crystaldoyle66@yahoo.ca)

About Camp Erin Eastern Ontario

Camp Erin Eastern Ontario was established in July 2015 and helps children ages 6-17 years of age express grief, build trust and self esteem, and learn to cope with loss in a safe environment, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.Mixing traditional camp fun such as swimming, hiking, games, and arts and crafts, the weekend is also a chance to take part in supportive discussions and healing activities.

For further information about Camp Erin please contact Carefor Health and Community Services 205 Amelia Street Cornwall, On 613-932-3541 https://www.carefor.ca/

About Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Friends of the Sanctuary “Get on Board” Project

To protect and preserve the boardwalks at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary for future generations, the Friends of the Sanctuary have launched the “Get on Board” boardwalk rehabilitation project.  The goal is to replace and enhance the existing boardwalk system to allow for handicap access with added educational stations, viewing platforms and various blinds for wildlife observation.

Further information can be found at http://www.friendsofthesanctuary.org/ .

 


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