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Lake Orion Races for 'A Mother's Wish' to Support Families Affected by Breast Cancer

The third-annual 5K walk/run and 10K run is scheduled for Sept. 21 at Lake Orion High School.

Photo credit: A Mother's Walk
Photo credit: A Mother's Walk

A Lake Orion-based charity will hold its third-annual race to support Oakland County women and families coping with breast cancer. 

A Mother’s Wish 5K walk/run and 10K run is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Lake Orion High School. The event, supported by Lake Orion Community Enrichment, will take place on paved safety paths, neighborhood streets and Bald Mountain State Park trails. Awards will be given to the largest walk/run team as well as overall female and male competitors and the three finishers in each age group, according to organizers. 

Event inspired by Lake Orion native 

Don Luby founded the charity walk in 2011 in honor of his wife Kathy, a Lake Orion native, mother of five and schoolteacher who died in 2008. 

“We welcome people from throughout the region to join us for this year’s celebration of loved ones who have overcome the disease, honor and remember those who we’ve lost and support those who are currently battling breast cancer,” Luby said. 

A Mother's Wish raised tens of thousands of dollars to for more than 50 Oakland County women and families touched by breast cancer. In 2012, it attracted more than 600 supporters throughout the region and raised more than $30,000, organizers say.  

“The first two years of this walk/run generated overwhelming support from throughout Lake Orion and the surrounding communities,” Luby said.  “We hope with the addition of the team competition this year even more people will come out and support us.”

Financial assistance provided by A Mother’s Wish is used to help families during and after treatment pay for a variety of expenses, including mortgage and automobile payments, utilities, food, clothing, gasoline and other daily needs.

How to get involved 

To register or for more information, visit www.amotherswishmichigan.com, or the school district’s community education website at http://rp.lakeorion.k12.mi.us.  Early registration is $25. Participants can also register on race day between 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the high school for $30.

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