The Third Annual Katy’s Courage 5K was a success this past weekend as more than 1,000 runners showed up in Sag Harbor early Saturday morning on April 13. More than 1,000 participants helped raise over $38,000 for Katy’s Courage, the not-for-profit organization created to honor Katy Stewart, an inspirational 12-year-old from Sag Harbor who passed away from hepatoblastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer.
Participants from 4 to 88 years old all passed the finish line with smiles on their face. Walter Stewart, grandfather of Katy Stewart, crossed the finish line at 88 years old, as he does proudly every year in memory of his granddaughter. Erick Ergstrom was overall winner with a time of 16:32.77, followed by Adam Cebulski at 16:34.37, Rick Trojanowski at 16:44.30, Sinead Fitzgibbon at 19:15.14, Tara Wilson at 19:27.69 and Dana Cebulski at 19:47.74. Julia Schiavoni of Sag Harbor won an iPad Mini, which GeekHampton donated to be given to a pre-registered participant at random.
“We relish the opportunity to bring the community together with the aim of creating possibilities for children,” says Brigid Collins, mother of Katy Stewart. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship awarded to a student at Pierson in Sag Harbor and another at East Hampton High School student, as well as a donation to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the creation of the first childhood bereavement center on the East End.
Katy’s Courage is dedicated to primary education, pediatric cancer research and youth grief guidance by aiding young people through scholarships, donations and long-term investment in the childhood bereavement center.
For further information about Katy’s Courage, visit katyscourage.org. Donations may be sent by check to P.O. Box 3251, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.