ATTENTION: GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTERS/PRODUCERS
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, JUST TRYAN IT will run its 2nd race in Chapel Hill, NC at the Chapel Hill Country Club. JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families with children being treated for cancer. In addition to the cost of treatment, families face many indirect costs related to a cancer diagnosis. These indirect costs include: travel, lodging, meals, childcare costs as well as special foods, clothing and equipment. The race is open to children between the ages of six to sixteen.
Kids are the ones training, raising money, and racing in honor or memory of children affected by childhood cancer. In fact, some of the racers are past patients or ones whose lives have been touched directly by this illness. While every child who crosses the JUST TRYAN IT finish line is a hero in their own right, it is the children whose lives have been forever changed by cancer that make up the heart and soul of JUST TRYAN IT.
Here are some of the inspiring stories coming out of this year’s race:
- Ryan Darby (http://hyundaihopeonwheels.isebox.net/ryanandhannah/) Ryan is the inspiration behind JUST TRYAN IT. Age 13, Ryan was recently named the National Youth Ambassador to Hyundai Hope On Wheels Foundation. Ryan will be at our event on May 21.
- The brother-sister team of William and Maddie are back but now doing the long course – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAAW_fM5sZQ.
- 11 classmates are racing in Sunday’s JUST TRYAN IT kids triathlon to raise funds to support families like classmate’s, Hudson. Hudson is being treated at UNC after recently receiving a bone marrow transplant. The school community has raised over $2000. For most of these students, this is their first triathlon – for all of these students, they are proud to be doing something to support their friend.
- Last year, I was touched by two sisters, Natalie and Julianne racing in honor of their neighbor. This year, they are racing once again with even more friends but sadly, Weston lost his battle with cancer on April 27th. Weston was a 9th grader in Durham treated at both Duke and UNC Children’s hospital. The team racing in his memory this year will be involved in a moment of silence and the release of white balloons to start the race.
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