- Katy's Courage, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, children's bereavement counseling and pediatric cancer research, hosted the Second Annual 5K Run in honor of Katy Stewart
in the Hamptons on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Over 1,100 participants, along with babies in strollers escorted by parents and dogs of all shapes and sizes leading their owners, ran, jogged or walked through the finish line. Expectations were high with over 900 pre-registered. Over $30,000 was raised through participation, sponsorships and cash donations. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship awarded to a Pierson and East Hampton High School student, a donation to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021  639-2000 www.mskcc.org) and the creation of the first East End childhood bereavement center. "We relish the opportunity to bring the community together with the aim of creating possibilities for children," says Brigid Collins
, mother of Katy Stewart.
Over 1,100 participants, along with babies in strollers escorted by parents and dogs of all shapes and sizes leading their owners, ran, jogged or walked through the finish line. (Courtesy Photo)
Local businesses pitched in any way they could and more than 50 volunteers helped the event run smoothly. Sag Harbor Baking Company, owned by Mimi Yardley and Margaret Brooks, donated baked goods eaten after the race including ladybug cookies resembling the Katy's Courage "Katybug" logo. Hamptons Water Company
, who donates part of their proceeds to fight pediatric cancer, donated all the water for the race and Bagel Buoy, a Sag Harbor mainstay, loaded the runners with carbohydrates from bagels and cream cheese. Founding sponsors 1770 House, Cittanuova and East Hampton Point
donated t-shirts and fruit for participants. "Our family would like to thank you with every fiber of our being for the countless ways the community has reached out and given so much to help us achieve our dream," says Collins.
Participants from 4 to 87 years old all passed the finish line with smiles on their face. Overall winners of the race were: Richard Temerian at 17:32, Kiernan Kelly at 17:34, Matt Connors at 17:42, Caroline Castin at 19:03, Sinead Fitzgibbon at 19:33, and Jill Robins at 19:56.
Katy's Courage, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to honor Katy Stewart, an inspirational 12-year-old girl who died from hepatoblastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer, is dedicated to supporting education, children's bereavement counseling and pediatric cancer research.
For further information about Katy's Courage, visit www.katyscourage.org
. Donations may be sent by check to P.O. Box 3251, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Like Katy's Courage on Facebook
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Walter Stewart had a spring in his step as he crossed the finish line. (Courtesy Photo)