WESTFIELD, NJ — For the past two decades, the Walk for Mom has celebrated the life of Charlotte Dursee, who 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).
Monies raised from this year's 5K and 2-mile fun run will benefit a fund at Holy Trinity School that helps families with financial hardships meet tuition obligations.
“When we started the walk, we donated the proceeds to Cancer Care of New Jersey,” Dursee said in an interview with TAPinto. “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.”
Dr. Adele Ellis, principal of Holy Trinity School, understands that organizing a 5K race is no small feat.
“I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication from Tim Dursee and his family to provide this race for the community,” Ellis said. “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,” 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 has two children enrolled in the school. “Holy Trinity has 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.”
If you go
Walk For Mom will be held at Nomahegan Park, 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:15 a.m. Registration fee: $30. Online registration ends Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:59 p.m.