After the death of her grandfather, one Oreland woman is honoring his memory in the best way she knows how.
Ashley Sibley, 29, is remembering the life of her grandfather, Richard Sibley— who died of lung cancer at the age of 77 on March 20, after a four-year battle with the disease — by organizing a fundraising event at Halligan’s Pub in Flourtown.
The “Dine and Donate for Your Next Step is the Cure 5K” will be held Sept. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. Money raised during the event benefits the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
“They can expect your typical evening at Halligan’s,” Sibley said. “Great food, great atmosphere and then 10 percent of their food sales will be donating toward the 5K fundraising.
“There’s also going to be a 50/50, so people can purchase tickets for that. And we want people to win their half. I don’t want them to donate it back because a lot of people kind of get discouraged because they feel obligated to give it back, but I want them to win.”
The event at Halligan’s is the biggest thing Sibley said she’s ever organized by herself and hopes people will turn up to support her.
“I’m just really excited,” she said. “I hope a lot of people will show up. Halligan’s is great. The food’s great. We always have a good time when we go. Just come out for good food, good friends and a good cause.”
Your Next Step is the Cure 5K, which Sibley will also be running in, will take place Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. beginning at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. Registration for the race begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., followed by a celebration at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 and day-of registration is $35. For children 5 to 12 years old and seniors 60 years old and older, pre-registration is $15, while day-of youth and senior registration is $20. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1wIbew3.
Sibley said her close relationship with her grandfather made his death a difficult reality to face, but she wanted to find a way to honor his memory in a way that would challenge her and inspire others. For her, the run symbolizes her desire to remember him and his struggle, and her fight to make sure no one else has to go through what he faced.
“I’m really nervous and excited for [the run],” she admitted. “I just started getting into running, and I’ve been having a little bit of a struggle along the way. I did the LIVESTRONG challenge, and I didn’t expect to be emotional at that race, and I was. Just because everyone there is affected by cancer somehow or another, and it just, kind of, it made everything really real and prevalent and thinking about my grandfather and realizing this is something I did for him.
“So I’m kind of nervous that I’m going to feel the same way in October. But if I do, I’m OK, because my family will be there. So, I’m nervous and excited. My main goal is to just finish. I don’t care about placing. I’m just happy to have any fundraising money to go toward the cause and to do this in honor of my grandfather.”
Outlet Full Name: Montgomery News
Author: Kevin Delvin