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5K Dragonfly Run/Walk to Benefit Local Non-Profit

Registration is open for the first annual 5K Dragonfly Run/Walk that will be held Sept. 24 to benefit Brenton’s Hope.

Registration is open for the first annual 5K Drangonfly Walk/Run that will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at .

Proceeds will benefit , a non-profit organization that raises two things: childhood cancer awareness and funds for local children and their families who are facing hardships due to a cancer diagnosis.

Founded in April, Brenton’s Hope was inspired by Brenton J. Krouse. Brenton lost his battle against T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on June 1, 2009 at just 11 years old.

The 5K Drangonfly Walk/Run is the first big fundraiser for Brenton’s Hope, which was started by Brenton’s parents, Jerry and Louise Krouse of Bushkill Township.

Louise explained that the dragonfly has become a sign for the family. Two days after Brenton succumbed to cancer, Louise explained, a dragonfly landed on her and her daughter, Avery, while they sat in their yard.

Jerry added that he has seen dragonflies everywhere, even in center-city Philadelphia.

“Ever since [Brenton's passing], we’ve seen dragonflies galore,” Louise said. “It’s become our totem for Brenton.”

Members of the community interested in participating can register online at www.brentonshope.com. The cost is $20 for pre-entry (includes a running shirt), or $25 if you register on the day of the walk (includes a running shirt if available).

On the day of the walk:

  • Registration will begin at 7:30am.
  • A “fun run” at the Andrew S. Leh Stadium will begin at 9am for children ages 10 and under.
  • The 5K Drangonfly Run/Walk will begin at 9:30am and will begin and end at the Nazareth Area Middle School.
  • For the proposed race route, go to Google Maps.

The walk/run will be held rain or shine. Music and food will also be provided.

The fundraiser is being sponsored by area businesses. Any business interested in sponsoring the event can contact Brenton's Hope by e-mailing brentonshope@gmail.com.

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