Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Community Events

Mac
Mac

Miles for Mac

Miles for Mac – 5K Run/Walk
We have raised almost $30,000 in two years! This year our goal is to raise $15,000!

Saturday, October 8th – 10AM (registration open at 9am)
Mill Road Elementary School (9 Mill Road, Red Hook, NY)

Awards for: Best Costume, Top Finalists in Age Divisions, Top Individual and Team Fundraisers

Stay for Family Fun Day!

Touch-A-Truck, Face Painting, Games, DJ and More!

Raffle items will include tasty treats, great items and services from local businesses. If you would like to donate a raffle item please email milesformac@gmail.com.

 Who was Mac? Why Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center?

Mac (MacAlister) was a rambunctious and lovable little boy from Red Hook, NY who, at 16 months of age, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. His mommies noticed that he was having sleepless nights, had become more irritable and sedentary, developed two black eyes, and eventually stopped walking. When the cancer was finally diagnosed, after many visits to doctors and emergency rooms, it had already spread from his adrenal gland into his bones from his skull to his knees. Mac was immediately rushed to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he underwent surgery, radiation, fourteen cycles of chemo, and clinical trials. Mac’s cancer progressed despite the aggressive treatments. When Mac was well enough to come home he spent precious time in his Hudson Valley home with his twin brother, Ailyn. They ran, climbed, danced, read books and laughed. Mac died on March 31, 2014 at only 2 years old–too soon, too young. Mac is not alone; every 16 hours a child dies from Neuroblastoma. Mac’s family and community organize this run to raise money for Neuroblastoma research so that other families do not have to face the tragedy Mac’s family faced. 

From Mac's diagnosis to his death, the doctors, nurses and staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center worked to ease his pain, stop his disease and make his and his family's lives as joyful as they could be. The connection to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is so strong that we still welcome Mac's doctors and nurses to our race year after year. The love and dedication they poured into saving Mac has no monetary value. Donations raised at Miles for Mac go to advance their research so that other children faced with this disease can live long and healthy, cancer-free lives. 

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