You must be registered as a runner to be timed. Walkers will not be timed
Run on the Oak Ridge Park tree-lined paved paths (wheelchair friendly) and enjoy giveaways, post-race refreshments, acknowledgement on our Remembrance Path and much more!!
Our third annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015! Our second run/walk last year became an unbelievable event for all, and we raised over $125,000 in pursuit of the cure for multiple myeloma. As a matter of fact, two “Brian D. Novis Research Grants” were awarded to the entire Miracles for Myeloma event, and was presented to a researcher helping to find that cure at the ASH (American Society of Hematologists) conference in December! It is once again our goal to raise awareness and money in our ongoing fight against this deadly disease.
A Remembrance Path, where maroon and white balloons tied to placards with names of people being honored or remembered will be featured. Maroon balloons are designated for patients living with Myeloma or other forms of cancer and white in remembrance of those who have passed on from cancer. Anyone can purchase these for an additional $25.00 donation
My personal story began in 2007, when I went to my primary care physician for my annual routine physical. This appointment turned out to be anything but routine! Imagine my surprise, confusion, and fear, when I was diagnosed with a disease that I never knew existed! This disease, multiple myeloma, is defined as an incurable cancer of the plasma cells.
After going through chemotherapy treatments and two stem cell transplants, I am currently in a remission. However, my personal battle with myeloma is far from over, as there is no cure yet! Of course, my goal is for a cure to be found, and this is why I was and will always be so passionate about reestablishing this annual race in conjunction with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).
I am blessed with a wonderful support network of loving family members, devoted friends and co-workers who have helped me during my cancer journey. I also have a knowledgeable and compassionate group of doctors and nurses who have helped me in so many ways. Now I am calling upon all of you to help us get to the finish line… finding a cure for multiple myeloma.
You don’t have to be a runner or even a fan of walking to participate in the 5k. There are several ways of showing your support for this incurable disease. You can simply make a donation for the cause. You can also make a donation to have a balloon along with a placard to be displayed for our Remembrance Path. This will serve to recognize a survivor or remember a loved one who may have lost their battle, but remains in our hearts.
I am usually the type of person to think and care more about others before myself, but sometimes we need to be a little selfish, like today. Let’s put all cancer survivors first, and use this race for the strength and hope it can give us to fight our fights. Let’s use Miracles for Myeloma 5K run/walk to win our battles. The money raised will fund much needed research to make words like myeloma a thing of the past! So with this in mind, let’s all try to help accelerate the cures, and give hope to myeloma survivors and their families. Please participate with the Miracles for Myeloma committee’s wonderful efforts and join us along with the IMF to fight this deadly disease and to get to that finish line… the cure for multiple myeloma.
My brother, Frank Guarino, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June of 2011. He passed away just 18 months later, on December 31, 2012, at the age of 51. When he was diagnosed, we had never heard of this terrible disease but that changed after countless trips to Hackensack University Medical Center, two stem cell transplants and several chemotherapy treatments. Frank was an avid runner since high school and he had discussed wanting to raise money for multiple myeloma research by hosting a 5K race. I wish that I had never heard of this illness but unfortunately it struck our family in the worst way.
Multiple myeloma is not a widely known cancer, but as fate would have it I met a wonderful person who was struggling with the same disease as my brother. Within the hallways of my daughter's preschool, Sheree Pask and I became instant friends while discussing our circumstances surrounding this rare form of cancer.
As a tribute to my brother Frank, during his funeral services, we included several of his racing numbers along with many photos of him running throughout his life. Sheree and Ron Pask saw these tributes and asked if I would join them in creating a fundraising 5K race. Just two short years later, with the support of family, friends, sponsors and dedicated runners throughout New Jersey, we hosted two 5K races and raised a combined total of over $175,000. Together, we made a miracle happen!
If the Miracles for Myeloma Annual 5K would help save one family from enduring the heartache this disease has caused my own family that would be the biggest tribute I could give to my brother Frank. Please join the Miracles for Myeloma 5K committee in making the 3rd Annual race on September 26, 2015 another race to remember!
Oak Ridge Park is located in Clark, NJ,
Exit 135 off of the Garden State Parkway.
To read the rules and regulations, please click here: Rules and Regulations
Garden State Parkway Northbound: Exit 135. Stay to right and bear right onto Brant Avenue. Right at light onto Westfield Avenue. Left at light onto Raritan Road. Go through two traffic lights. Oak Ridge park is on your right.
Garden State Parkway Southbound: Exit 135. Bear right off of exit onto Central Avenue. Left at light onto Raritan Road. Go through 4 lights. Oak Ridge park will be on your right.
From Lake Avenue (Rahway): Head west. Left turn onto Oak Ridge Road. Park is on right.
From Lake Avenue (Scotch Plains): Head east. Right turn onto Oak Ridge Road. Park is on right.