New Castle News

November 21, 2013

Tribute run: Laurel senior honors late grandmother with cancer benefit

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Laurel High senior paying tribute to her grandmother raised more than $1,700 to fight cancer.

Kalie Trott organized the 5K Walk/Run for Cancer at Cascade Park as her senior project. However, it also honored her grandmother, former Pulaski Road resident Mary McConahy, who died of cancer in May.

“I had been planning another event, like a car wash,” Kalie said. “After she passed was when I started planning this. The car wash probably would have been easier. I started this in the middle of July and have been working on it since then.

“Getting started was probably the toughest thing – I had no idea where to start. I talked to other people who were doing 5K’s this summer to see what they had to do to get it all ready. It was definitely a lot harder than what I thought it was going to be.”

Not a runner herself, Kalie turned to her aunt, who took up the activity earlier this year, for guidance.

“She started walking, then slowly getting into running,” Kalie said. “One of her friends had a 5K at Shenango High School, and they raised a lot of money, so that became my mindset, that I was going to do something big like that to raise a lot of money.”

The event attracted about 100 runners and walkers, as well as multiple sponsors and donors. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

All in all, Kalie noted, “The event went better than I could have asked for!”