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“Caring for Kids 5K”; run for fun, prize money and help make a difference.
How many opportunities are there in our busy day to have to have some fun, get a chance at $5,000 in prize money (cash prizes $500 for 1st, $125 for 2nd in all age groups!) and really make an impact for a great cause?

“Caring for Kids 5K”; run for fun, prize money and help make a difference.

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By Christopher Russell
Posted Friday, 1 October, 2004

That’s just the golden opportunity that the BGPMA (Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates) “Caring for Kids 5K” presents to you on Oct. 17th in Brockton.

Are you looking for a great race? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able contribute and help some kids? How about if you could make a difference, get a work out in, spend some quality time with your family, and have some fun?

If you’re like most of us you barely have time to squeeze a work out in amid the hustle and bustle of daily existence. There are the constant demands of work and family to accommodate. You struggle to get your run in, but you would still love to find a way to contribute and to do some good deeds too.

The ‘Caring for Kids 5K’ is a hidden treasure that will enable you to accomplish many things at once. To top it off you might take home some prize money too!

MetroSouth MRI is putting up $5,000 in prize money. In a small race like this, with a good age group spread, even you mid-packers have a shot to take home a prize!

All participants will benefit from the event’s strong sponsorship. It is well managed and has the full support of the local community.

As they say on T.V.; “Hold on to your hats, there’s more!” How about if in addition to all that you get to meet and run with the great Bill Rodgers?

Think it’s too good to be true? Think again, the Caring for Kids 5K has it all.

This is the second year for this local event that has something for everybody and is rapidly building momentum in Brockton and Southeastern Mass. There has been high praise from the inaugural year participants.

Dr. Paul Schreiber, a pediatrician and runner from BGPMA, who ran the race last year, describes his experience. “The course is flat with a lot of support provided to the runners. I liked that the event included family activities in addition to the road race.” When asked if he would do it again he replied, “Absolutely. It is a friendly and fun road race that benefits a great, local cause.”

Why is this local event drawing rave reviews?

First of all it’s put on and organized by the folks at Bridgewater Goddard Park Medical Associates as a way to contribute to the local community. They put their hearts into the event and it shows. It’s not just a race or a fundraiser; it’s an inclusive act of love for the doctors, nurses and staff to give something back…and the runners benefit.


“The course is flat with a lot of support provided to the runners. I liked that the event included family activities in addition to the road race.”


Dr. Michael Dern, Chief of Medical Affairs, confirms this; “The caring for kids 5K is a great fit for us. This is right in line with our main goals of encouraging healthy lifestyles, exercise and preventative health.”

This commitment and belief in what they are doing pays off for the participants who will find a fun, welcoming, and family-based affair.

Second, if your one of those runners who doesn’t want to sacrifice time with your family, this event encourages you to combine the two. The race has something for everybody in your tribe. They’ve kept the entry fees a scant $15 for the race and only $3 for the kids run. In these days of $100 marathons, that’s a bargain that can’t be passed up.

The kids in the family get the best deal. They get to go on a short fun run with running legend Bill Rodgers. The kids get a great party too; with clowns, face painting and an inflatable jumper slide. When was the last time your kids thanked you for dragging them to a race?

The bottom line is that you’ll get to go run great race and, far from being a duty, the whole family will thank you for bringing them along! You can get your run in and keep your family happy. How great is that?

Third, if you have a need for speed, the 5K course is well supported and fast. The runner in the family can get a good workout on the flat, fast, USATF certified course. (Walkers are also welcomed)

Dave Camire, Co-founder of Cool Running, who is well known in the New England running community, told me “It’s a great, flat, fast course with good support. The route goes through suburban areas on some nice rural routes and it’s accessible, right off the highway.”

When pressed for details Dave’s true agenda comes out; “What I remember most was that they had a great feed afterwards, with ice cream, fruit and lots of great food.” Proving once again that the way to a runner’s heart is still through their stomach.

However, the thing that really makes this a great event is that you are doing good and helping a great cause. This race supports The Caring for Kids Program, one of many special home health care programs provided by the Brockton Visiting Nurse Association (BVNA), one of the best causes you’ll ever come across. The charter of this amazing service is to help families with children who are going through serious, many times, terminal illnesses and the associated treatment.

The nurses pick up the slack for parents and siblings that can be overwhelmed by the enormous emotional, physical and financial drain on the family that these illnesses create. The Caring for Kids Program nurses help patients administer treatment at home so that they can continue their lives and stay out of the hospital.

I talked to two of the nurses at BVNA to see if I could get a first hand look at the work they did. Pat Hayes, RN and her supervisor Kathie Aubert, RN provided some examples of how the race support gets put to good use.

Pat talked about one of her patients, Amanda, a teenager who needs lab work and chemotherapy. With Pat’s help, Amanda is able to do her treatments at home instead of the hospital. This lets Amanda go to school and keep her ‘normal’ schedule, which is very important to her.

Pat assists 16 or so families, covering 100-150 miles a day, sometimes in the early morning or middle of the night to help the families maintain normalcy. In the process she becomes more than a ‘nurse’ but also a mentor, friend and confidant, shepherding patients and families through this grueling process.

Amanda with her Caring for Kids Nurses, Pat Hayes and Diane Lonergan
The nurses care for the whole family, remembering the other kids at birthdays and Christmas when the mom and dad may be too overwhelmed.

The Caring for Kids race is one of the events that make this small, specially trained, intimate association of nurses able to do their work. Donations may go to unusual requests from families like heating oil or gas money when the illness is a financial burden. They might also provide a laptop so the kids can do school work from home or a CD player for books if the patient can no longer read.

They told me a story of how they bribe one young patient with a goody-bag of mystery prizes to get him to take his medication. It’s these types of things that make a big difference in the quality of life of the kids and their families.

For all these reasons, this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Any way you look at it, this is a winning scenario for you. Lace up your shoes, grab the kids, load up the minivan and head down to Brockton for 11:00 AM on Sunday October 17th for some exercise, some fun and help a great cause!



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