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Cassidy’s Run for the Kids 5K (and Fun Walk)

 

The race date for 2019 is Sunday June 2nd. Online Registration for 2019 is now open. Click here to sign up!

New for 2019, TEAMS!!! Round up your friends, family or co-workers and participate in this year’s 5K as a team – details below.

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Or, click on RaceWire to sign up!

Or, Click here for a paper 5K race application that you can print and mail in.

Virtual results will only be posted for runners that have registered for the Virtual Race. You can register for Cassidy’s 5K Virtual Race by clicking on the RaceWire image.

Race t-shirts to first 300 registered. Pre-registration fees through 5/31: Adults $30, kids 12 and under $10. Fees increase to $35 and $15 on 6/1.

We need Sponsors and raffle items!!!
This event would not be the success that it’s been each year without the continued support of our sponsors and raffle donators. With your help this event will continue to grow and help raise awareness for both Cassidy and other children facing similar challenges. Sponsorship and Raffle donations are 100% tax deductible.
Cassidy’s 5K Cover Letter
Cassidy’s 5K Sponsorship Form
Cassidy’s 5K In-Kind Sponsorship Form
For sponsorship opportunities please send an email to: sponsorsC5K@runthecircle.org

The Race:

Packet pick up, last minute registration and post race festivities take place at Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm Street, Salisbury MA. Race day registration fees: Adults $35, kids 12 and under $15

The race starts at 11:00 a.m., 5K lollipop out-and-back along Salisbury’s Ghost Trail (packed gravel) with some quiet country roads thrown into the mix. Flat and fast with start/finish adjacent to Rabbit Road trail head.

Team Competition:

If signing up as a team member, select your team on the registration page, or create a new team, then complete the registration process. Teams can have an unlimited number of participants but only the first 4 finishers on each team can score points for their team. Teams are all inclusive and compete directly against other teams: male, female, all age groups, no divisions. The prestigious C5K Cup will be awarded to the winning team! 

Click here to view Cassidy’s 5K Course

Cash awards, top three overall male and female. Age group awards to top male and female in each age group; 0-12; 13-17; 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80+. Non-competitive walkers welcome, no walking awards.

The Raffle:

The post-race raffle is huge and a lot of fun! Typical items include (but are not limited to): Gift cards, baskets, photo sittings, art work, sporting events, concerts, ticketed events, jewelry, fitness classes. All donations gladly accepted!!! The raffle takes place along with the post race awards ceremony at Sylvan Street Grille immediately after the race. If you have an item(s) that you would like to donate to be raffled off after the race, please email us at: rafflesC5K@runthecircle.org for instructions.

Donations:

We will be accepting donations for Cassidy using PayPal through June. You don’t need a PayPal account in order to donate. Donations are 100% tax deductible and there are no service fees.

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Thank You for Your 2019 Donations!


Elizabeth Petts
Ben Leahy
The Casey Family
Debbie Folsom
Jo Hamel
Gene Hamel
Jeff Whittemore
Holly Allison
Rosemarie Curran
Steven Chandler
Rachel Masiello

Thank you for your donations in 2018!

June 27, 2017 – YouTube sensation Cassidy is interviewed by Chris Ulmer of Special Books by Special Kids

 

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9/16/2015 – Governor Proclaims September 26th 2015 Treacher-Collins Syndrome Awareness Day! The official Commonwealth of Massachusetts Proclamation can be read by clicking here.


Cassidy Claire Nicholas

Cassidy was born in August 2012 with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that was a result of a spontaneous mutation of the fifth chromosome causing malformation of her facial bones. Cassidy has a severe case of TCS. Neither her parents nor team of doctors knew she was afflicted with this syndrome before her birth. She was immediately intubated after birth as she was born with no viable airway and a tracheostomy was performed when she was just two days old. Cassidy was born with choanal atresia; there was no passage between her nose and mouth, micrognathia; her jaw is underdeveloped lacking hinges and growth sacs and mylar hypoplasia; she lacks cheek bones. In addition to these abnormalities, Cassidy also has bilateral microtia; which means she was born without ear canals, ear drums or ear bones. Her ear lobes are undeveloped and she is also missing an inner ear canal on each side. Fortunately, her cochlear nerves are intact and she is able to hear with the assistance of a soft band bone anchored hearing aid. Additionally, Cassidy was born with a cleft soft palate. After a six week stay in the Tufts Medical Center NICU, she went home with her parents, Eva and Jeremy. She has already undergone many surgeries and faces numerous more for years to come. Despite all of her physical shortcomings, Cassidy is an engaging, loveable little girl.

Last July, little Cassidy underwent her 8th and most complicated surgery to date. Her Craniofacial surgeons began the process of reconstructing her tiny jaw. Since her jaw was not growing and lacked hinges on both sides, they extracted rib bone and cartilage from her and sculpted hinges with it. Cassidy’s doctors implanted plates in her face so that the rib bone will rest against them and hopefully push her jaw forward. The hope is that this surgery will eventually result in her jaw bone beginning to grow which will result in the removal of her trach.

Because of the generosity of those who have donated in past years, Cassidy’s mother was able to take some time off from work to be with Cassidy during her jaw extraction surgery and recovery. They were also able to purchase needed medical supplies that are not covered by their insurance. The Nicholas family has their sights set on the future Medpor ear surgery Cassidy will undergo. Because of the significant amount of rib bone and cartilage that was used for her jaw surgery, there will not be enough natural material to construct ears for her. The Medpor process will begin in April when Cassidy will begin getting saline injections twice a week to stretch the skin where her prosthetic ear will eventually be. The surgery for her first ear is scheduled for July and her second ear will be scheduled for next year.

The 7th Annual Cassidy’s 5k Run and Fun Walk will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Sylvan Street Grille, 195 Elm Street, Salisbury, MA. We are interested in financial sponsorships as well as items that can be raffled off. All proceeds from this race will go directly to Cassidy and the Nicholas family to offset costs of her future surgeries, which, in addition to those aforementioned, include construction of prosthetic cheek bones as well as restructuring her nose and eyelids. With your help, Cassidy can look forward to living a life with a normal face, will you consider helping her achieve that?

One day Cassidy will know and understand the outpouring of love and support that she receives through this event. One day, she will thank all of you! Someday she will run along with all of her supporters!

For more information about Cassidy please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cassidys-Crusaders/131779680300237


A Huge THANK YOU to Our 2019 Platinum Sponsors!!!!!

(Click each Billboard to learn more about our Platinum Sponsors)

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Special Thanks to Our 2019 Gold Sponsors

WCRC Wild Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Day West Newbury, MA

Special Thanks to Our 2019 Silver Sponsors

 
 

 

Special Thanks to Our 2019 Bronze Sponsors

 

Some photos from last year’s race, raffle and after party. And, yes, that is former Bruin, NHL Hall of Famer and Cassidy’s BFF, Terry O’Reilly signing autographs and memorabilia!

We need Sponsors and raffle items!!!

This event would not be the success that it’s been each year without the continued support of our sponsors and raffle donators. With your help this event will continue to grow and help raise awareness for both Cassidy and other children facing similar challenges. Sponsorship and Raffle donations are 100% tax deductible.

Cassidy’s 5K Cover Letter

Cassidy’s 5K Sponsorship Form

Cassidy’s 5K In-Kind Sponsorship Form

For sponsorship opportunities please send an email to: sponsorsC5K@runthecircle.org

Questions? Send email to infoC5K@runthecircle.org