BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Izzy's Infantry, based out of Bridgewater, is moving its annual 5K run virtual this year to stay safe during COVID.
The name of the race has been changed to "Scare Childhood Cancer 5K."
Race participants can enter their 5K time between Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, and are all guaranteed a long sleeve tee with the race logo, and some can choose the next tier registration for a tee and a logo face mask.
Participants are highly encouraged to have fun and dress up for the run. Charity namesake Izzy and her family will be dressing up and completing the 5K with their community virtually, and they will wear the number 42 in honor of Izzy and her 42 chemo infusions.
Izzy's Infantry Fighting Pediatric Cancer and Spinal Trauma was founded in 2016 in honor of Isabel "Izzy Warrior Princess" Rita's battle against a spinal cord tumor. She was 1 year old when she had a 10-hour spinal cord biopsy and began a 14-month-long chemotherapy treatment.
The combination of surgery, tumor and chemotherapy left Izzy with physical delays, but she continues to fight.
The mission of Izzy's Infantry is to fund research to lead to better treatment options and a cure for childhood cancer; fund programs and research to provide spinal cord injury rehabilitation for children; and help improve the quality of life for children in treatment and their families through programming, outreach and support groups.
Participants can also create a fundraising team.
All funds from the race will go toward providing groceries for families of children going through treatment who have been negatively impacted financially by the pandemic.
"We understand how disappointing going virtual can be for our supporters as the thrill of the race is always so uplifting," said Izzy's Infantry co-founder Sonia Rita. "Several members of the Izzy's Infantry community were slated to run the NJ Marathon in honor of our warriors, including myself and my husband, but that will wait until April, and it will be that much more meaningful after we've made it through the pandemic safely."
The race is sponsored by BeneFIT PT and Unity Bank.
Click here to sign up!