Blues on Barton Fundraiser Back for Fifth Year
Jun 11, 2014 01:11PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Kids line up for the 2013 Blues on Barton Fun Run. Photo Courtesy of the Blues on Barton Facebook page
What started as an informal block party just four years ago has blossomed into one of the area's biggest 5K races.
This year's Blues on Barton 5K and Fun Run is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, and this year it will benefit two Oswego families who have battled or are currently fighting cancer.
The Christensen family lost their daughter and OEHS graduate Caitlin Ostrom to cancer in November 2013. Since her death Caitlin's mom Christine Christensen has been busy raising money for Neurofibromatosis research through Caitlin's Promise, a nonprofit formed to help Caitlin's memory live on through supporting others with the disease. Team Catlin has raised more than $13,000 for the Great Steps 4NF charity walk later this month in Naperville.
The family of Matt Robbie, a father of three currently battling Hodgkins disease, will be this year's other beneficiary. Robbie was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February of 2013 and less than a month after the birth of the family's third child.
Robbie has been undergoing experimental treatments in New York, and the family is currently in need of Southwest Airline miles to help ease the financial burden the flights out east have caused. Those wishing to donate, may do so by contacting the family through their fundraising page.
Another 10 percent of this year's proceeds will be donated to fight brain cancer, which claimed the life of Blues on Barton organizer Justin Sather's mother in February.
Blues on Barton began in 2011 as an informal fundraiser to help the family of Kerry Anne Engdahl a Churchill Elementary School teacher who died in 2013 after battling ALS. That event raised nearly $1,500.
In its second year the fundraiser brought in almost $2,500 to benefit the family of Eric Lederman who passed away in April 2012.
The 2013 event was the first year for the 5K run and brought in almost $17,000 for the family of Kyla Hartigan, a Churchill Elementary student with Cerebral Palsy.
To register for the Blues on Barton 5K, click here. To secure a T-shirt and runners bag registration must be complete by the end of June. The 5K race is $35 and kids fun run is $15.
"Everyone is welcome. Fast, slow, walkers, gawkers, makes no difference," Sather said. "(We're) raising money for families who have dealt with the horrible effects of cancer."
For the latest information on Blues on Barton, follow the event's Facebook page.