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6th Annual Cassidy’s Run for the Kids 5K (and Fun Walk)


The race date for 2018 is Sunday June 3rd. Online Registration is now open. Race day registration opens at 9:00 a.m. at Sylvan Street Grille


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

Can’t make it on race day but would still like to participate? simply register for Cassidy’s 5K Virtual Race! Register for the Virtual Race, adult and/or youth, run or walk your own 5K for Cassidy, then submit your time(s) through Cassidy’s web page (that’s this page!). Virtual results will be tallied and posted along with the standard results on CoolRunning.com for all pre-registered virtual runners and you’ll be mailed your Cassidy’s 5K race shirt within 7 to 10 days after the race. Registration for the Virtual Race is through the on-line link above.

Virtual results will only be posted for runners that registered for the Virtual Race. Virtual Results can be entered by clicking here

Race t-shirts to first 500 registered. Pre-registration fees: Adults $25, kids 12 and under $10.

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 $30, 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. Chip timing, Yankee Timing Company.

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.


Thank You for Your Donations!
Steven Chandler
Diane Chandler
Laurie Russell
Bryan O’Keefe
Elizabeth Pitts
Jo Hamel
Heidi Murphy
Lauren Bonaccorso
Dick Kuhl
Michael Moyles
Tom Berry
Sean Moody
Beth McGavock
Sarah Gilmore
Tara Mitchell
Kevin Sullivan
Kate Sullivan
Hannah Miksis
Patricia Kovalski
Lauren Penna
Suzie Quattrini
Victor Quattrini
Lauren Davies
Knight Oil
Stacy Sustaire
Wendy Foxon
Valerie Santorella
Joanne Gallagher
Paul Gallagher
Maura McCall
Evelyn Fry
Jeff Kelly
Amy Cardello
Everett McBride
Anthony Harris
Kathleen Harris
Rock Star Jackson Jones
Rock Star Chase Jones
Violet Andrews
Allison Carvalho
Emily Sargent
Holly Allison
Sarah Richardson
Paul Richardson
Josh Guertin
Alicia Yopchick-Hrono
Nancy Stewart
Marnie Sheeran
Robin Mann
Tracey Sabino
Mark Azza
Diane Hume
Sean Keane
April Young
Karen Hughes
Betsy Berkenbush Vangelist
Angie Walsh
Tom Walsh
Sally Chanonhouse
Amanda Tomkinson

Cassidy’s Crusaders – Treacher Collins Syndrome from Michael N Sutton / @MNS1974 on Vimeo.

Cassidy’s 5K

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


facebook  Cassidy’s 5K on Facebook

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 Platinum Sponsor!!!!!

Platinum Hydrant Regency

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Gold Sponsors

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

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Silver Sponsors

spslogo SPS New England Salisbury, MA
 13708410_632729763550518_7283969250798971476_o(1) Crosby’s Marketplace Salem, MA

SW Construction

Shawn Warford, Amesbury, MA
The Sylvan Street Grille Salisbury, MA
The Bradford Tavern, Rowley, MA
First Ipswich Bank Ipswich, MA


Family Dentistry, Amesbury, MA
W.Harrison & Sons W. Harrison & Sons, Salisbury, MA

The Rogers Family

Philanthropists Extraordinaire!!! Newburyport, MA
Special Thanks to Our 2017 Bronze Sponsors
jon davie


email: Mike Vincent, Newburyport, MA


email: Jim Nickerson, Newburyport, MA
 page logo Arthur S. Page Insurance, Newburyport, MA
 Talent logo Talent Retriever, North Andover, MA
 Shaheen Bros logo 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!

Questions? Send email to infoC5K@runthecircle.org