Miles For Matt 5K & Dancing with Davis BBQ fundraisers set for Saturday
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Two special events are happening in Troutman this weekend, both in honor of young people who fought cancer:
MILES FOR MATT
The 6th Annual Miles For Matt 5K Run and Walk, a Rotary Club of Troutman fundraiser for a South Iredell High School scholarship in memory of Matthew Bailey, will be held Saturday, June 1, at ESC Park at 8 a.m.
Matthew, the son of Rotary Club member Don Bailey and his wife Renee, died from a rare, aggressive brain cancer at age 14 in 2015. This year would have been Matt’s graduation from South Iredell.
The scholarship awards $2,500 to a deserving student-athlete at South Iredell with good grades and their coach’s recommendation.
The race starts and ends in Troutman at ESC Park. Registration & packet pick-up will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the park, which is located behind Troutman Town Hall (at 338 North Avenue). The awards ceremony will follow the completion of the race.
The top three male and female runners will receive awards. Top runners in various age groups will also be recognized.
McLelland Racing Team is the official race timer.
Runners can register at https://www.racesonline.com/events/miles-for-matt-5k-run-walk
or in person on race morning. Registration forms are also available at Troutman Town Hall.
The race fee is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.
For more information, contact race director Ashley Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 336-682-0411.
DANCING WITH DAVIS BBQ/FAMILY FUN DAY
When Davis Overcash was only 5 years old, he kicked cancer’s butt.
Davis was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer, and for the first 6 months of 2015, he went through 30 chemo treatments and an extensive surgery to remove over 50 percent of his liver.
The battle was not easy for Davis or his family, but this superhero and his family got unbelievable support from extended family, friends, church, community, and even strangers.
To repay that kindness, Mika Overcash, Davis’s mom, started the Dancing Davis Shaking off Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of pediatric cancer after she discovered that few resources are directed toward combatting the disease in children.
Now cancer-free for four years, Davis and his family will help other families facing pediatric cancer with funds raised at the Dancing Davis Shaking Off Cancer Foundation BBQ and Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Noble Acres (1327 Charlotte Highway) just outside of Troutman.
The family event will also include music and dancing, face painting, and a bounce house. Adults will enjoy a cornhole tournament, 50/50 raffle, and other raffle items.
For those who cannot stay, a drive-thru line is available to pick up BBQ plates, which are $10 each.
The family realized they could provide the same emotional and financial help for others fighting this battle, so they started the Dancing Davis Foundation in 2015 to be there for other local families battling childhood cancer. This event is the organization’s 5th annual fundraiser.
The foundation’s name came from an incident during Davis’s treatment. While in the playroom at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” began playing.
Because he loves to dance, Davis got up and started dancing, so Mika decided to name his fight against cancer Dancing Davis Shaking Off Cancer Foundation, which has helped families with medical bills, gas cards, funeral costs, toys, or funds to allow a family to enjoy a special time together that they could not otherwise afford with the burden of medical bills.
To learn more about the foundation, visit http://www.dancingdavisshakingoffcancerfoundation.org/
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children under the age of 15. One in five children diagnosed with cancer will die within five years. Every year, an estimated 80,000 children die from childhood cancer around the world.
Childhood cancer is biologically different than adult cancers since childhood and adult cancers do not necessarily share the same treatment protocol. Unfortunately, just 4 percent of federal cancer research funds are focused on childhood forms of the disease.
The average cost of one hospital stay for a child with cancer is $40,000. With the cost of travel for treatment, families may have to choose between gas in their tank or food for the family.