UNION, NJ – The 8th Annual Mayor’s Day 5k kicked off Sunday morning with more than 300 runners and walkers in support of a Union youth with childhood cancer.

“Every year the Chamber sits down with the mayor and determines a local cause,” said Union Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Masterson.  “Seven-year old Sabur Clark was diagnosed at four-years old with cancer.  He was treated and was cancer free for some time.  This year the cancer did come back.  Mayor Cavadas suggested that we help him.”

Grabbing the microphone at the event, Sabur said, “thank you everyone for coming.”

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“I’m so happy with all of the support out here,” said Sabur’s mother Trisha Purefoy.  Purefoy said Sabur was diagnosed with Stage Four Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the muscles three years ago.

“Thank you to everyone who is participating in the race today,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “This is a race dear to me because the proceeds will be going to a very special person, a little boy named Sabur.  If you ever meet his parents, they are such beautiful people, always giving to others.”

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Masterson said the event keeps growing every year.  "This year we have almost 70 sponsors,” he said, “including the event’s main sponsor, Shake A Paw Center for Rescue and Adoption.