ROXBURY - Today's Color Fun Run in Succasunna raised $17,000 to help a U.S. Marine pay for radiation and chemotherapy treatments that are keeping in check an inoperable tumor in his 7-year-old son's brain.
Runners, joggers and casual walkers covered the 3.1-mile course at Horseshoe Lake Park and were doused with colored cornstarch at several stations along the way. The event was sponsored by the Roxbury High School Interact Club.
The money raised will go to the parents of Joey Clayton, a boy found in December to have the brain tumor.
Joey’s father, Marine gunnery sergeant Joseph Clayton, attended the Color Fun Run and, in an interview, expressed his thanks to all who coordinated the event and those who participated.
"I'm thankful for what Roxbury High School has done and I want to thank everybody that has supported this," said Clayton as he pushed his other child, 1-year-old Robbie, in a stroller after the run ended. "Please continue to pray for Joey."
Clayton said his older child is doing well and only shows signs of being ill after he gets his radiation or chemo treatments. "If he were here, he'd be running around," he said. "You wouldn't even know anything was wrong with him."
Joey has had 33 rounds of radiation and will get chemotherapy for another year and a half, said his father. He said the tumor has shrunk to half its former size.
The event raised $15,804 through ticket sales. Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford urged the attendees, at the post-run party, to make it a "round number" of $16,000 and tossed in an extra $50 toward the $196 balance. Rich Segrave of Infinity Entertainment, the event, DJ, added the rest.
Then, still covered head-to-toe in red cornstarch, local landscaper Scott Fullerton threw in another $1,000. Alford noted Fullerton also donated all the event T-shirts.