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Register for Run and Fun Walk to Support Katie King; Sponsors Sought by St. James MOC

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Lisa Gunn-Becker and Kristin Koes-McQuaid at the bake sale to benefit the family of Katie King. Credits: File Photo
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The St. James Men of Charity are hosting a 5K for Katie Run & Fun Walk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. James in Basking Ridge. All proceeds will benefit the Katie King Foundation in Basking Ridge.

The foundation was set up to help 10-year-old Katie King and her family offset the mounting expenses associated with her cancer treatment. Katie was diagnosed in August with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that only affects 200 kids and young adults per year in the U.S.

If you can run, walk, or make a donation, please help support Katie and her family by registering or donating at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/BaskingRidge/StJamesMenofCharity5K

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This event will be a festive family friendly event with food, beverages, and music. For serious runners, the course is USATF Certified/Sanctioned.

Early Registration by May 7 is $20; after May 7 and on Race Day, is $25. USATF members, until May 7, register for $17

Sponsors are needed for the event.  Interested businesses and groups please contact Glenn Booth at glenn_booth@yahoo.com or 908-202-5911.

Katie King is an amazing 10-year-old girl, an avid athlete who loves to play lacrosse and soccer. She was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, on August 23, 2017.

She had surgery August 18th to remove two tumors on her spine but the cancer had spread to other locations... lungs, spine, pelvis and bone marrow. She was lucky it was discovered that night or she most likely would never have walked again. Katie is now undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and radiation at CHOP in Philadelphia. The Katie King Foundation was established to help the King family with medical bills, along with travel expenses to and from Philadelphia.

On Senior Night, in February, the Ridge girls basketball team honored Katie by decorating the gym with purple, Katie’s favorite color.  During the fall, Katie’s friends organized a bake sale at the annual Somerset County Journey Through the Past event  at Ross Farm to support Katie’s family and “Katie’s Krew,"  and was just one of many smaller fundraisers held during the year to help the King family.

The Men of Charity was formed in 2008 to engage in charitable service to the community at large.  The members of the Men of Charity have been engaged in numerous service activities including clothing drives, volunteering at soup kitchens, and coordinating home repairs. Additionally, through their fundraising efforts, the Men of Charity make donations to individual families in time of need. The group runs the annual St. James Men of Charity Chili & Chowder Cookoff, the Annual Harvest Fest and NJ Microbrew Night for Charity as well as other events to fund its charitable efforts.

Read more about Men of Charity on Facebook.com/MenOfCharity; follow the group on Twitter.com/MenOfCharity and on Instagram  @MenOfCharity

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