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Hamilton juniors organize 5K in honor of classmate

The memory of their classmate who died of a rare brain tumor is motivating two Hamilton High School juniors to organize “Awesome Ali’s 5K” run-walk. Hamilton High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Chapter is supporting the fundraising event that Anna LaFore and Lindsey Secora have planned. Two options for participation are in-person with the race beginning at noon June 26 in the Ridgefield Subdivision in Menomonee Falls. The other is virtual which offers participants the convenience to run when and where they choose on their own.

Lindsey Secora (left) and Anna LaFore are organizing a 5K for their childhood friend who died of a rare brain tumor in 2014.

LaFore and Secora have a goal of raising $10,000 for The Cure Starts Now, a grassroots effort dedicated to the elimination of all cancers by focusing on those that affect children, are immune to treatment and have the highest death rate. All proceeds will go toward research for a cure.

The finish line is at the childhood home of Alison Verhaalen, who died from a brain tumor in 2014 at the age of 10, when she, LaFore and Secora were Marcy Elementary School students. LaFore and Secora previously helped with events promoted by Alison’s mother, Tricia Verhaalen, who heads up The Cure Starts Now Wisconsin chapter. They decided to organize an independent outdoor fundraiser, and Hamilton’s HOSA chapter signed on to support their effort.

All participants must register whether they plan to take the in-person or virtual option. They will receive an original race T-shirt in the mail. Cost is $35 for adults and $25 for youth 5-to-10 years old.

Sponsorships are available at levels from $250 to $1,500. Logos must be submitted by June 4.

For more details about the event, visit https://events.thecurestartsnow.org/awesome-alis-5k.