PLAIN VIEW — In a couple of days, hundreds of runners will come to the General Lee Museum in Dunn. Each breath and stride will help victims fighting a rare type of cancer.
The 7th Annual Kellie’s Krew 2015 Run for A Cure is set for Saturday, Aug. 29. It’s in honor of Kellie Hinshaw, a resident of the Plain View community in Sampson County who was the victim of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). Proceeds will go towards research and assistance.
Registration for the event is scheduled for 7 a.m. followed by opening events at 8 a.m. at the General Lee Museum, 209 W. Divine St., Dunn. The new 10K run portion of the event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Next, the 5K portion will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run at 10 a.m. Award will be handed out at 10:30 a.m.
Hinshaw and her sister Kim Schmidlin organized the event in 2009. Its purpose was to help empower her against the disease, provide ways to find funds for research and meet other survivors.
“Since Kellie’s passing, what remains is still a need to fight this rare cancer,” Schmidlin said.
Kellie Hinshaw was diagnosed with ACC in 2000. Seven years later, she was diagnosed in the left side of her face. In 2012, Kellie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right, as a result of the radiation in 2001 and 2007.
But her battle did not stop there. Kellie was diagnosed with ACC of the right lung and in 2013, she lost her right eye, cheek and part of her forehead. She went through many surgeries for treatment to remove tumors and to receive cosmetic procedures.
She died in 2014, but before her passing, Kellie was an advocate for victims of cancer undergoing treatments. Family members said she also provided encouragement in the process. In 2013, the Kellie’s Krew, Ltd. foundation was created to fund research, increase awareness, advocate for a cure and provide financial assistance for people undergoing treatments.
Schmidlin said ACC survivors are coming from different states to participate in the event.
“When you have a rare disease, something likes this gives survivors an opportunity to come together,” Schmidlin said. “That is another reason why we continue to hold the event.”
Currently, about 400 people have signed up for the event.
Schmidlin also noted that the flat course is safe for runners, especially for the beginners.
“They don’t have to worry about traffic,” she said. “We have lots of families that do it as a group.”
Online registration is no longer available, but anyone wanting to participate may register on the day on the event. Proceeds from the event will go towards a patient assistance program. To date, the patience assistance program has raised $35,000. According to Schmidlin another $100,000 went toward research, since the foundation began.
“It’s a great event and it’s a wonderful family event,” she said. “We’ve been able to put together an event that’s very family-friendly.”
For more information, visit www.kellieskrewrun.com.
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