Annual Stephanie Grady Memorial Chocolate and Cheesecake Run/Walk and Family BBQ

Seen in image above: 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

INGLESIDE – The 4th annual Stephanie Grady Memorial Run and Family BBQ will be held Saturday, September 29, starting with the 10km run at 10am at the Stephanie Grady Educational Pavilion at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ingleside.

This year, organizers of the run will be including two of Stephanie’s favourites, chocolate and cheesecake!

There will be a chocolate station during the run and all participants will receive cheesecake at the finish line. Last year’s event raised $3,350 for Camp Erin Eastern Ontario with an additional $850 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 provides 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, please visit the Team Grady Facebook Page and follow the links provided or you may also register at the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary beginning at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the run.

“Every year I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support this event receives in memory of Stephanie. As a result, we are proud to support two wonderful local charities who are near and dear to our hearts. Camp Erin offers such a unique experience for grieving children and the boardwalk project at the bird sanctuary allows visitors to enjoy the beautiful nature trails.” says Nick Grady. 

Backgrounder 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 10, 2014, just four days after when she should have started the trials, she died peacefully in her home with her family by her side.

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