A record breaking 3,200 HEROES filled the Dartmouth Green on October 14 to support CHaD Kids. The 13th annual CHaD HERO was a day filled with both celebration and remembrance. HEROES of all ages participated in the 5K walk or Cam’s Course, a 1-mile family-fun run, the 5 or 7-mile hike, the 50 or 25 mile bike ride, the 5 K run or the half marathon. Spectators cheering on the racers also enjoyed a festive, family-centered event with food trucks, the HERO KidZone, and live entertainment in downtown Hanover.
To date, this important charity event has generated nearly $800,000 to support vital CHaD programs and services. In addition to our HERO participants, our thanks goes out to the over 400 volunteers who supercharged this incredible autumn day.
This year, 400 HEROES saw their fundraising boosted by a very generous matching gift from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The grant matched the first 400 participants who raised $250 or more with an additional $250. These 400 HEROES generated over $200,000 once their match was added to their total!
Dartmouth College’s Executive Vice President Rick Mills, kicked off Cam’s Course and CHaD’s Physician-in-Chief Dr. Keith Loud started off the 5K run and half marathon, after he participated in the 25-mile bike ride.
CHaD’s 2018 “Kid HERO,” Avery Smith of Concord, NH was on hand to kick off the 5 and 7 mile hikes, as well as the 5k walk. Avery participated in both Cam’s Course and the 5K run with her brother and parents. Team bravery, created in 2017 after Avery began treatment at CHaD for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was again one of the top fundraising teams bringing in just under $15,000! Avery was in good company with both the 2016 and 2017 Kid HEROES, Shannon Watson and Jasper Vincent also in attendance to participate in the day’s events and festivities. For a second straight year, Jasper was CHaD’s largest youth fundraiser under the age of 16!
Cam Marshall of Lyme, NH kicked off his namesake course, the 1-mile family fun run “Cam’s Course”. After Cam was diagnosed with leukemia at age 8, his good friend Jasper Meyer decided he wanted to make a difference. Due to Jasper’s efforts, Cam’s Course was quickly implemented, and that same year Cam was carried over the finish line by his school principal. This year Cam celebrated being 7 years cancer-free. Cam’s Be Positive for CHaD Kids team continues to support the HERO.
Mark Furler of Hollis, NH was the top finisher in the CHaD HERO Half Marathon with a time of 1:16:53. The top female finisher was Charlotte Evans, of Washington DC, crossing the finish line on the Green at 1:29:06. On the 5K course, Ian Stiehl of Hanover, NH, finished in 17:12 as the top male finisher, while, for the second straight year, Caroline Pennacchi of Briarcliff Manor, NY took home the aware for female first place with a time of 18:44.
Sincere gratitude goes out from everyone on the CHaD Community Relations team, who annually executes this event.
“We had a perfect fall day this year and while I’m so proud of the work our team put into the event, we would not be successful without our dedicated community partners, amazing volunteers, and heroic participants who come together each year to make a positive impact in the lives of CHaD kids,” says Evan Seely, Community Relations Manager.