WEDDINGTON – When Sean and Jennifer McGrath decided to put on Race Against the Odds to benefit The Cure Starts Now and raise awareness and research for pediatric brain cancers, they had modest goals.
“It being our first 5K, our original goal was to have about 200 to 250 participants, but we had 720 participants,” said Sean McGrath, who along with his wife founded Soar With Grace, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research for pediatric brain cancers after their daughter Grace died in 2010 following a battle with DIPG – a rare childhood brain cancer.
Soar With Grace organized the race for The Cure Starts Now – their partner nonprofit.
Not only was the turnout exceptional, so was the amount of money raised.
“Our financial goal was $15,000 and as of (Tuesday) the total is $51,243.50,” Sean McGrath said. “I’d say it’s truly a blessing.”
He said there also were about 50 volunteers who helped with parking, managing the course, set up, clean up, food and registration.
“Across the board it was just a spectacular day,” he said.
The McGrath’s were so motivated by this year’s turnout that they’ve already planned a second Race Against the Odds for June 1, 2013.
“Leading up to the race we learned quite a bit about putting an event like this together, but the community supported us in a tremendous way and we achieved the goal of creating awareness and raising funding,” Sean McGrath said. “We feel we accomplished our goals in the fight against DIPG specifically and I think we honored Gracie and her life and will continue that within the people who were there to support us.”
To learn more about Soar With Grace and the Race Against the Odds, visit www.soarwithgrace.org.