CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Connor’s Heroes is celebrating a record-breaking 4th of July fundraiser. Today’s 3rd Annual Brandermill 7.4K Race raised $9,500 for programs supporting children in cancer treatment and their families.
“We had a record crowd this year, and we are so thrilled to be able to raise so much money to support the great work of Connor’s Heroes,” says Ashley Menninger, Co-Race Director and Connor’s Heroes Treasurer.
More than 200 runners hit the streets of Brandermill on an approximate 4 1/2 mile course.
“We love seeing our community of heroes come together on the 4th of July to support and celebrate our childhood cancer heroes,” says Lisa Goodwin, the Connor’s Heroes Co-founder and Managing Director. “Several family members of families supported by Connor’s Heroes ran today to honor the hero in their lives. We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this amazing race!”
Sponsors include the Brandermill Community Association, The Boathouse, Pivot Physical Therapy, Dominion Chiropractic Clinic, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia, Primrose School of Swift Creek, Wawa Foundation, Baker’s Kitchen, and Panera.
Says Co-Race Director Greg Epps, “I am always amazed and proud of the Brandermill community’s support of local events and charities like Connor’s Heroes. It makes me proud to be a part of the community and happy to help organize this race!”
According to its website, Connor’s Heroes is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers, parents of children with cancer and other caring individuals and companies who want to conquer childhood cancer through direct assistance, awareness, and research. It was founded in 2006 in honor of Goodwin’s son Connor, who won a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer when he was a preschooler.