The race date for 2017 is Saturday September 23. Click here to register on-line through Lightbox Registration.
We need 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. Raffle donations are 100% tax deductible.
If you have an item(s) that you would like to donate to be raffled off after the race, please email Rachel at: email@example.com for instructions.
Gift cards, baskets, photo sittings, art work, sporting events, concerts, ticketed events, jewelry, fitness classes
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. Chip timing, Yankee Timing Company.
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.
Race t-shirts to first 500 registered.
Incredible Post Race Raffle! Takes place along with the post race awards ceremony in the world famous beer garden at the Winner’s Circle. Entertainment by DJ Zati, beer compliments of Wachusett Brewing Company, snacks provided by Shaheen Brothers, Inc!
We will be accepting donations for Cassidy using PayPal through September (You don’t need a PayPal account. Donations can also be made through Lightbox Registration.) While all of the funds raised through this year’s race will be donated to Cassidy, Cassidy, in-turn, intends to donate a portion of the proceeds from this year’s race to her friend Jace, a local boy, who also has TCS. The two first met when Cassidy was just weeks old. Jace will be undergoing jaw distraction surgery in the upcoming year and recently had a procedure done to anchor his hearing aid to his skull. This is a recent photo of Cassidy and Jace.
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.
Posted by Cassidy’s Crusaders on Saturday, September 26, 2015
WARNING, You may want to grab a box of tissues. Cassidy stealing the show at the start of last year’s race!
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Cassidy Claire Nicholas
Cassidy Claire Nicholas, Jeremy and Eva Nicholas’ first child, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) on August 5, 2012. TCS is a rare genetic disorder that affects the anatomy of the cranium and facial bone structure. Cassidy’s first surgery was for a tracheotomy so that she can breathe on her own. Her second surgery was the insertion of an abdominal feeding tube. The feeding tube is gone, but a long and difficult journey still lies ahead.
Cassidy will not let Treacher Collins Syndrome hold her back from growing up into a little girl during her respite from corrective surgeries. While she is currently participating in Early Intervention for speech therapy, she will be out of the program when she turns three-years-old this coming August. Cassidy will begin preschool in September and will continue her regiment of therapy at the Moody School in Haverhill, MA. Since her last surgery, a successful repair of her cleft soft palate, Cassidy has become a big sister! She adores her little brother, Cameron, and has shown a penchant for helping her parents take care of him.
As a result of the funds raised at last year’s race, Cassidy was able to get a second BAHA hearing device earlier this year and the improvement in her ability to process spoken language was immediate. Her vocabulary has increased steadily and she has been able to rely less on sign language to communicate. Although her underdeveloped jaw coupled with her tracheotomy hinders clear pronunciation of her speech, she battles on despite those impediments. Cassidy will undergo major surgery to correct her jaw within the next few years. The procedure involves removing rib bone then grafting it to her jaw and if successful her jaw will begin to grow and hinges can be created. Currently, her jaw bone is the size it was when she was born.
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:
Special Thanks to Our 2016 Gold Sponsors
|WCRC Wild Turkey Trot 5KThanksgiving Day West Newbury, MA|
|Atlantic Bridge and EngineeringHampton, NH|
Special Thanks to Our 2016 Silver Sponsors
|SPS New EnglandSalisbury, MA|
|Crosby’s MarketplaceSalem, MA|
|John Rogers and family, Newburyport, MA|
|The Bradford TavernRowley, MA|
|Pentucket Regional Middle School Community ServiceWest Newbury, MA|
|DJ Zati ProductionsServing New England|
Special Thanks to Our 2016 Bronze Sponsors
|First Ipswich BankIpswich, MA|
|Seacoast OrthopedicsNewburyport, MA|
|Century 21 North ShoreDanvers, MA|
|Hydrant Regency, Dog BoardingRowley, MA|
|Beer Sponsor!Post race, complimentary refreshments provided by:Wachusett Brewing Company|
|Food and Snack Sponsor!Food, snacks and water provided by our friends at:Shaheen Brothers, Inc., Amesbury, MA|
The Guest of Honor at the 2015 Cassidy’s 5K was Jono Lancaster, an inspiration to all those with TCS: