Thursday, September 23, 2010

Race for Our Kids is Sunday

For many participants in the Race for Our Kids, the event is personal.

Take Diane Stoler's family. Various members participate each year in honor of Stoler's 22-year-old daughter, Lindsay. When Lindsay was four, she was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor, a rare type of kidney cancer.

"I feel like, 'this is where I need to be,'" Stoler says. "Lindsay's here, and I attribute that to the hospital."

Stoler is on the board of the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary, the sponsor of the Race for Our Kids, and she is the chairwoman of the Family Fun Walk. Stoler's parents, Bobbie and Lenny Weiss, join her and Lindsay on the walk, while her sons Travis and Garrett do the 5K run.

"Everyone can participate," she says. ""The Family Fun Walk is so special to me because it brings families together for a fun activity. It benefits a wonderful, worthwhile cause that may affect any one of our families anytime - cancer."

Most importantly, the Race raises money for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai, a place that remains dear to Stoler's heart.

"I love to know how much money we raised at the end of the race. It feels so good to know it is going to a wonderful cause," Stoler says.

Join the Stolers and others on Sunday by walking or running in the Race for Our Kids. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K and 1-mile walk begin at 8:30 a.m. Runners should park in the Pimlico lot at Northern Parkway and Preakness Way. Organizers estimate that there will be close to 1,200 runners.

Don't forget to tune in to WBFF Fox 45 morning news tomorrow at 8:20 a.m. to see Joseph Wiley, M.D., discuss Race for Our Kids.

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