Vernon Murphy, Founder and CEO of ‘One Run Together, Inc.’, a 501-c3 non-profit organization that benefits local cancer patients, announced that Honey Brook Golf Course will host the Signs of Spring 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk fundraiser on March 23, 2013. The event is open to the public, with preregistration is required.
Murphy started the organization over one year ago to help local cancer sufferers pay their bills. Murphy’s wife, Beth, battled breast cancer for nine years before losing her fight at the age of 46 on November 13 of 2009. She was the mother of three, Cory, Casey, and Cayla. Their local church, East Brandywine Baptist Church, their children’s school, Conestoga Christian School, and the local community reached out to help the family with not only emotional support, but also by making meals, helping with family needs and transportation when needed.
Murphy said, “When I recently lost my job I thought about how fortunate we were that we did not have to go through it alone. I thought about all the people who might be struggling with nowhere to turn for help. I wanted to start an organization that would help those people to pay utility bills, rent, mortgage, childcare, auto repairs, food, and just the everyday expenses that people have.”
Their slogan is “Run together, so no fights cancer alone.” Murphy’s friends got him into running to help him after his wife passed away and he discovered that it helped lift his spirits and gave him a feeling of well-being.
With the help of his daughter-in-law, Becca, he organized a board of directors to help determine patient eligibility and keep copious records. By-laws were drawn up and they formulated their plans. They decided on a set amount of money they could afford to donate to one person and contacted doctors, medical centers, churches, and friends to identify patients that needed help. It is an all-volunteer organization. Each patient fills out an application along with signed medical documentation.
One Run Together serves a six county area that includes Chester, Lancaster, Berks, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware Counties. On March 12 of 2012 they helped their first patient, and up to the present they have helped 25 people.
The non-profits’ first race was held Feb. 23, 2012 at the Whitford Country Club in Exton. Murphy quickly realized that private land eliminated the need to block roads and was easier to control. Other fundraisers included a spaghetti dinner held at East Brandywine Fire Company; Friendly’s and Isaac’s Restaurant donating up to 25 percent of their proceeds on a special day; and Chester County Food Bank donating food to patients so they don’t have to choose between paying bills and buying food.
Donna Horvath is the co-owner and Business Director of the Honey Brook Golf Course, the major sponsor of this race. She says excitement is building and more and more people are coming forth to sponsor this venture.
“We want to be a good neighbor to the community, this organization is a wonderful way to help, all their help for cancer patients is direct and stays local with all proceeds going to the person,” Horvath said.
She has reached out to her vendors and local business people for donations. Among those who are contributing are: Utz, Sysco, Heatherwood Retirement Community, Shady Maple, Coatesville Coca Cola, and “The Malibu Mob” from Malibu Spa, Honey Brook, who will be donating the water and manning the water stations, along with running and walking in the race.
Pre-registration guarantees entrants a t-shirt and place in the race. The race starts at 9 a.m., and the Walk starts at 9:05. Age groups are as follows: Adult racers - age 13 & up; Kids -minimum age 5. One Mile Fun Walk - 7 years old and up. Kids under 7 free - no registration fee.
Each person will receive water and great refreshments including, bagels, fruit, juice etc. after the race. The race will be measured and timed by Athletic Closet Running Store. Come join the cancer survivors, their families and friends and our members. Join in the meaning and fun of the day and you too can cross the finish line.
Horvath added “We will also kick off our annual Pedometer Campaign that day. This is an annual member favorite and we are inviting our members to join in the race or the walk to support One Run Together. It will also be open to non-members who compete and all will receive a pedometer. We give out pedometers to be worn as people walk or golf. We keep careful logs of each person’s steps as they check in with us. The top five with the most steps for the year will win a free club membership. Last year our vendors donated prizes of golf clubs, athletic shoes, t-shirts, hats and other related items. The members love to compete for these prizes.”
For more information visit www.oneruntogether.org
Visit Honey Brook Golf Course at www.honeybrookgolf.com
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