The second annual Mom’s Morning 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Elm Valley Acres, located south of Scandinavia.
The run/walk is held in memory of Phyllis Bartel, who died from uterine cancer on Feb. 27, 2013. At the request of her children, all proceeds will be donated to the Friends of St. Vincent for the Gynecological Oncology Department at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
“The route we take is the three-mile route Mom walked during her morning prayer time when she was well,” said Ruth Trinrud.
“Our mom taught us, very largely by example, to help others,” she said. “When Mom passed away, we wanted to do something to show our appreciation to the Oncology Department at St. Vincent’s.”
Preregistration of individuals or groups will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 9. On Saturday, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at E2451 Shady Dr., Scandinavia.
A minimum donation of $10 is requested. Prizes will be awarded for the most funds raised.
The run/walk will be held rain or shine. Bicycles are not allowed, and all dogs must be on leashes.
The run/walk is fun and informal; it is not officially timed. Families are welcome, including strollers and wagons.
“Our slogan, ‘fighting uterine cancer, cuz’ crying about it doesn’t help,’ comes from the comment Mom often used with us as we were growing up,” Trinrud said. “When we were hurt, whether emotionally or physically, she would often say, ‘Well, it doesn’t help to cry about it.’ And though we knew then and know now that sometimes crying does help, we knew she really meant for us to do something about it, rather than be sad or feel sorry for ourselves. Hosting this run to help current and future gynecological cancer patients at St. Vincent’s has done just that for us. It has helped us heal from the loss of our mom, and in turn, helps those fighting today.”
“Our mom taught us to help others,” said Rachel Jensen. “She always had time for anyone who needed her through 4-H, FFA, St. Paul Church in Manawa, Lutheran Brotherhood, LWML, and of course, her own family and countless other individuals and organizations.”
“Everyone was important to Mom, and she treated all of our friends like they were her own,” she said.
For more information, call Trinrud at 715-281-4548.