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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!

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.

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.

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.


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.


Thank You for Your 2018 Donations!

Dick Kuhl
Jennifer Ciaramitaro
Kira Kozhemiakina
Tom Bradford
Lorraine Burns
Rosemarie Curran
Matt Zubiel
Jennifer Zubiel
Heather Cogswell
Alicia Yopchick-Hrono
Griffin White
Matthew Ricci
Elizabeth Petts
John Baer
Patricia Kovalski
Kathleen Curley
Joe Casey
Karin Casey
Nora Casey
Michael Connors
Andrea Shine
MaryBeth Martinello
Ben Leahy
Debbie Folsom
Violet Andrews
Kristie Zator
Gail Mercurio
Matt Gilchrist
Sally Gilchrist
Emily Parsons
Black Duck Market and Deli
Nathaniel McAuthur
Thomas Wylie
Jim Winning
Tom Berry
Kel Bergsten
Heather Bevilacqua
Dana Padden
Holly Allison
Rock Star Jackson Jones
Rock Star Chase Jones
Anthony Harris
Joanne Gallagher
Paul Gallagher
Sean Moody
Erin O’Donnell
Bianca Passacantilli
Janet Fahey
Linda Burns
Kelly DiFilippo
Susan Karalias
George Karalias
Stacey Harrison
Kristina Ratcliffe
Karen Shiebler
Janet Eno
Mary A. Tyler
Susan MacGregor
Albert Manzi
Maria Parente
Sally Chanonhouse
Joshua Messina

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.

In June 2018, shortly after this year’s race, little Cassidy will undergo major surgery as her Craniofacial Surgeons will begin the process of reconstructing her tiny jaw.  Since her jaw is not growing and lacks hinges on both sides, they will extract rib bone and cartilage from her and sculpt hinges with it. Cassidy’s doctors will implant plates in her face so that the rib bone will rest against them and hopefully push her jaw forward.  A successful surgery will 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 and her family were able to attend the 2017 Childrens Craniofacial Association annual retreat held in Virginia where Cassidy was able to meet many other little girls and boys who are like her.  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 will be used for her jaw surgery, there will not be enough natural material to construct prosthetic ears for her.  Even with insurance involved, Medpor surgery can cost upwards of $50,000 per ear.

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:


A Huge THANK YOU to Our 2018 Platinum Sponsors!!!!!

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


The Hydrant Regency Doggie Daycare and Boarding, Rowley, MA

Special Thanks to Our 2018 Gold Sponsors

WCRC Wild Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Day West Newbury, MA
 AB&E  Atlantic Bridge and Engineering Hampton NH

Special Thanks to Our 2018 Silver Sponsors


Family Dentistry, Amesbury, MA
 29749359_972686282888196_2135018840732186937_o Arthur S. Page Insurance, Newburyport, MA
 13708410_632729763550518_7283969250798971476_o(1) Crosby’s Marketplace Seven locations serving the North Shore of Massachusetts. Click the link for the loctaion near you
 W.Harrison & Sons  W. Harrison & Sons Salisbury, MA
 14199641_650757485081079_4825252879879983965_n  Newburyport, MA
 spslogo  SPS New England, Salisbury MA

Special Thanks to Our 2018 Bronze Sponsors
29315353_961709500652541_8430518269399531520_n Seacoast Orthopedics, Newburyport, MA

 SW Construction

Shawn Warford, Amesbury, MA
RTG Logo RTG Architect Ipswich, MA

 Sponsor X

Surprise Sponsor to be announced via Cassidy’s custom race shirt!
 Talent logo  Talent Retriever North Andover, MA
 Davie Landscape Construction 2  Davie Landscape Construction – 978-815- 4359
Shaheen Brothers Amesbury, MA

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