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Support The Crusaders Against Cancer 5K On Oct. 28

Holy Cross Athletics   10-10-2017

Click here to register for the Crusaders Against Cancer 5K!

By Caroline Walsh
Special to GoHolyCross.com

All students, parents, faculty, visitors, and community members are welcomed to come support The College of the Holy Cross’s third annual Crusaders Against Cancer 5K. The race is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 (Family Weekend) starting at 8:00 a.m. on Mount Saint James.

The Crusaders Against 5K road race is presented by the Carr Financial Group. The event will support the 15-40 Connection and Team Tracey, an organization aimed to cure Parkinson’s disease, One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the 15-40 Connection. The first 300 participants in the race will receive a free race t-shirt.

This race will be run in honor of Henry Carr, a member of the class of 2019 who passed away in June following a long battle with bone cancer. Henry was a Political Science major with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. In last year’s Crusaders Against Cancer 5K, Carr was an advocate for the 15-40 Connection and spoke to others about the importance of raising cancer awareness. The 15-40 Connection is a Worcester-based cancer charity that aims to improve cancer survival rates among individuals of ages 15-40. Henry being the age of 20, fit right into this age group. This organization brings up a new way to think and talk about cancer by relying on oneself instead of medical professionals. Recognizing cancer symptoms early can allow individuals to receive effective treatment and save many lives.

Richard Carr of Carr Financial is a 1989 Holy Cross graduate as well as a two-time cancer survivor. After participating in a halftime contest at Holy Cross, Henry Carr approached Richard introducing himself and asking if he could help spread the message of the 15-40 Connection. “Henry explained that he was in remission from Osteosarcoma and that his delayed diagnoses contributed to the advanced nature of his cancer before treatment started," said Carr. "The 15-40 message struck a chord with Henry. Together, we spoke to three different Holy Cross groups on campus over the next year. Henry’s story resonated with so many of his classmates. I am almost always impressed by the character of HC students but Henry was something even more special.”

While attending Holy Cross, Richard Carr was an Economics major with concentrations in Russian and Computer Science. He also kept busy on campus being a residence assistant and Kimball Hall student coordinator. In 1997, Carr was diagnosed with an abdominal germ cell tumor that required four cycles of chemotherapy and a lymph node dissection surgery. Then in 2007, Carr was diagnosed with testicular cancer in which he had to undergo chemotherapy and surgery. Carr’s appreciation for Holy Cross deepened when he learned that the 2005 Sanctae Crucis award winner and 1954 Holy Cross graduate John Donohue developed the chemo regimen and surgery that saved his life. “I sent him a note thanking him for the work he had done during his career and he wrote back saying it was his team that deserved the accolades," said Carr. "I am forever impressed by the humility and character of so many of fellow HC graduates.”

Helene Winn (Class of 2006) is the Education and Outreach Director at 15-40 Connection. The mission statement of the organization is emphasized to encourage and educate others about how big of an impact this organization can make. “We say that our early detection education is only as good as the number of people who learn and use it; someone can help by spreading the word and making sure more people get this lifesaving information,” says Winn.

Students interested in helping the cause can become a Student Ambassador at Holy Cross. Follow the 15-40 Connection on social media and visit the website www.15-40.org to sign up for newsletters and learn more about the organization.

For more information and to register for this year’s race visit http://www.holycross5k.com/.There is a $25 registration fee, $15 for college students.



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