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Run for Melanie 5k – June 23, 2012 – Lake Tomahawk – Black Mountain, NC

Run for Melanie is a fundraising event to help offset the staggering medical bills incurred by a courageous cancer patient and single mother. Background on Melanie’s situation from the race organizers:

Fund raising Fun Run to aid Melanie Christian with mounting medical bills. Melanie Christian was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Breast Cancer in Sept 2011. She was accepted into a Research Program at UNC Chapel Hill and has almost completed the treatment regimen: 5 months of weekly Chemotherapy, Mastectomy, and 5 weeks of daily Radiation.

In the fall, she will have 2 or 3 more surgeries for reconstruction. The great news is that Melanie had a “total response” to the treatments and the cancer is GONE!!! And so are the funds!!!!! Melanie is blessed to be employed by TD Bank and has been provided very good insurance coverage. However, her portion of the medical expenses is still staggering.

A description of the course:

Start on the road at the corner of Lake Tomahawk (Rhododendron and Laurel Circle) It would head west past the tennis courts, then go right at the corner of S. Cherokee around that bend to Hiawassee Avenue. Then it goes all the way down Hiawassee to Cragmont and turns left. Right before State Street – turn left up Border. Left on New Bern. Right on Connally Street, to the left on Church. Continue around the bend and go left down Oakland. At Rhododendron, turn left again. Go past the parking lot of the Lake and turn right down the little bit of Connally to take you to the lake. Runners would then make almost a complete lap (clockwise) around the lake and finish by the parking lot.

The course map at Map My Run:

Run for Melanie Course Map (click to access interactive version at Map My Run)

Come out and enjoy a nice 5k in Black Mountain while helping to offset Melanie’s medical expenses.  It’s just $25.  Online registration is available at IMAthlete. For more information, visit the Run for Melanie website.

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