ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --  The April 5 Thea's Star of Hope Half Marathon/5K been canceled until next year "due to the rapidly developing situation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19)." It was going to be the first race to benefit the organization.  

Trisha Danze, president of Thea's Star of Hope and Thea's mom, said the difficult decision to cancel was made after discussions with the race committee and township officials, and considering Governor Murphy's recommendation to cancel events with more than 250 participants.

"As a health and human services organization, we absolutely need to put public safety as the number one priority. We personally know what it’s like to see a loved one suffer through an illness. It is terrifying and you feel helpless. We couldn’t risk the potential of having a hand in possibly getting others sick," said Danze.  "We feel like this is the right call to ensure the health and safety of all of our runners, volunteers and spectators."

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Based in Robbinsville and founded in 2011, Thea's Star of Hope provides funding for pediatric cancer research and family programs with a mission to improve the treatment experience for kids with brain tumors.

In a note to runners who had signed up for the race, Danze assured supporters who have gone out and already fundraised that by taking action for kids that can't "it is not all in vain."

"Even if we won’t be able to be together to celebrate in April, you can still make a difference."

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