Race remembers children claimed by cancer
Danielle Wick, who died in August, will be remembered at this year's Race for Virginia July 4 in Cranberry.
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The annual Race for Virginia and Friends, a fundraiser for The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pediatric Cancer Research Fund, will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 4 at Cranberry Township Community Park.
The 5K race and walk will wind through the park and adjacent properties.
A kick-off event for the race will be held at Siba Cucina Restaurant in Seven Fields from 7 to 11 p.m. June 26.
Tickets for the kick-off are available for $50 per person and include hors d'ouevres, wines, dessert, this year's commemorative wine glass and a $10 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. The evening will feature live entertainment and a silent auction. Like the race, proceeds will go to the pediatric cancer fund.
Every year, the race itself honors the life of a local child who has died of cancer. This year, the race will be run in the memory of 7-year-old Danielle Renne Wick, of Butler.
Danielle was diagnosed with ependymoma, a rare brain tumor, at 15 months of age.
She was a dancer, cheerleader, and gymnast who loved to swim and camp with her family.
After being cancer-free for almost five years, Danielle was diagnosed with a new brain tumor, glioblastoma, which doctors said most likely resulted from radiation treatments she had received five years before. She died Aug. 2.
She is survived by her parents Chris and Bobbie Wick and her younger brother, Ryan.
Since the fundraiser started in 2002, the Web site says, it has raised $272,500 for cancer research, and last year alone it brought in $60,000.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Judy Dudenhaver at 724-772-5983 or 724-712-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For race registration information, visit www.raceforvirginia.org.
First Published June 18, 2009 5:32 am