First Posted: 4/28/2014
The Misericordia University Student Government Association held the “Cougars in Color 5K Race’’ on Saturday, April 26 to benefit The Lucy Fund – an organization that raises money to battle metastatic cancer.
The Lucy Fund was established by Lucy E. Stanovick shortly after she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2008. By the time the wife and mother of two was diagnosed, the cancer had spread to other regions of her body. Undeterred, the Saylorsburg resident researched the disease and then established The Lucy Fund in order to raise awareness and funding for metastasis research.
Mrs. Stanovick lived for 4 ½ years with the disease and organized five “Party 4 Life” events herself before she died on Aug. 16. Overall, the Stanovick family has organized six “Party 4 Life’’ events that have raised more than $201,000 for research efforts at the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) and the NFCR Center for Metastasis Research at The University of Kansas Medical Center.
The interesting aspects of this story, which features more than 130 runners, is that it is a fundraiser for cancer research plus it features four staging areas along the course in which runners are doused with colored powder that adheres to their skin and clothing. A fifth packet is given to the runners at the finish line and they proceed to douse other runners with the color. In the end, they are tie-dyed from head to toe.