GALLIPOLIS — Folks from Gallia County and beyond will have the opportunity to support efforts this weekend to battle brain cancer by walking, running or joining a bingo game.
According to Tera Stewart, funds raised from the events will also be matched and given to “Angels Among Us.” The program assists Duke University’s Brain Tumor Center in Durham, North Carolina.
This is the fifth year for the “Gabe’s Race” 5K relay course. Husband-and-wife Gabe and Tera Stewart have previously told the Tribune that the research center is state-of-the-art. The center has also been featured in broadcast news for its efforts in studying polio to benefit cancer fighting research.
This will be the first year the event also hosts a bingo event. Proceeds will also go to benefit “Angels Among Us.” Those who are interested in attending can purchase tickets at the door or at GKN Sinter Metals or from event organizers. Bingo will be 5-10 p.m. Friday at The Colony Club in Gallipolis.
The actual race will be 9 a.m. Saturday just outside the Holzer Sycamore Clinic in Gallipolis. Registration is 8 a.m.
Prizes to be earned from bingo include an iPad, a River City Leather handbag, and Ohio State University and Ohio University memorabilia. About $3,500 in prizes have been donated to the cause.
Gabe is a six-year brain tumor survivor. The 5K has been conducted in his honor and has collectively brought in more than $60,000 to support research. Gabe was told he had a GMB Grade 4 brain tumor in 2010. Many consider this to be the worst and highest grade possible for a brain tumor. Despite being told by medical professionals he had a 20 percent chance of living for two years, he has beaten the odds and continues to do so.
Tera said she appreciates the continuing support the race has received over the years, as well as the friends and businesses who have taken part in fundraising. Both felt it was their turn to give back to research efforts and thus the 5K was started.
“Every prayer list we see says cancer, cancer and cancer, so that’s why we do this. We want to do our part in trying to give back because there are people who have done so much for us,” Tina previously said. “There would be times we’d be in North Carolina for months. Our house was taken care of and our kids were driven back and forth.”
Gabe has said the event started because of a group of individuals who were trying to start a community-wide organization focused on health and wellness. The event became the first event that the Community Council for a Better Lifestyle hosted. According to the Stewarts, the council dissolved somewhat but the 5K event was still able to exist with support from the event’s committee.
Treatments discovered in brain cancer research have been transferred to other cancer efforts as well.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.