SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD-WESTFIELD-CRANFORD, NJ -- For the past two decades, the Walk for Mom has celebrated the life of Charlotte Dursee after she lost her battle with breast cancer.
Tim Dursee, a Scotch Plains resident who grew up in Westfield, began Walk for Mom in 1999 in honor of his mother. In the early years, it started with a walk around his family's Westfield neighborhood. It has grown ever since to attract 200 participants annually and is now held at Nomahegan Park (1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford).
"When we started the walk, we donated the proceeds to Cancer Care of New Jersey. A few years ago, we decided to support Holy Trinity School's 'Bridge the Gap' program that provides tuition assistance to children who cannot afford it," said Tim Dursee in an interview with TAP.
"I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication from Tim Dursee and his family to provide this race for the community," said Dr. Adele Ellis, principal of Holy Trinity School. "As a former race director of the Colonia 5K Classic, I know first hand the amount of work that is necessary to create and run this type of event."
"The funds raised each year provide financial aid to families who wish to have the opportunity to send their children to Holy Trinity School who could not otherwise afford to do so," Dr. Ellis added.
"My mother was a big believer in Catholic education and was involved in Holy Trinity for many years. All six of her children attended the school, as have many of her grandchildren," said Dursee, who currently has two children enrolled in the school. "Holy Trinity has a been a big part of my family's life."
"My kids look at as a celebration of my mom. My daughter asked me, 'When is grandma's party?' this summer. We are all looking forward to it.
Walk For Mom
1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 @9:15 a.m.
Registration fee: $30. Online registration ends Saturday,Sept. 28, 2019 at 7:59 p.m.