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Walk/run to benefit John Paul II Institute

Cathedral School’s Eagle Dash plans ‘freezin’ for a reason’

LINCOLN (SNR) – Cathedral of the Risen Christ School in Lincoln will host “The Eagle Dash” Saturday, Feb. 7.

The one-mile walk/run around the parish grounds is planned to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. Free-will donations of $10 per participant will be donated to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, a non-profit that does research using adult stem cells to find cures, while promoting the value of human life.

“This fall the Cathedral family was reminded that cancer can affect anyone, including our children,” read an entry on the school website. “When third-grader Joseph Hibler was diagnosed with leukemia it brought to the forefront of our hearts and minds that life is so very precious.  As a family we stood up to help the Hiblers with fundraising and prayer, demonstrating what it means to be a Catholic.”

The school undertook a number of fundraisers last fall to support the Hibler family, but this event has a greater reach.

Laura Brouillette, who teaches computer classes at Cathedral, said the school’s “specialty” teachers – such as music director Jessica Happold and reading specialist Katie Pecha – were looking for a way to help when they came up with the Dash with the assistance of principal Mr. Jeremy Ekeler.

“We wanted to reach out to the Lincoln community as a whole to support this cause,” she said, “rather than just the Cathedral School community.”

Participants – who are encouraged to wear orange for pediatric cancer awareness – may check in at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 7, after the 7:30 a.m. Mass in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.

The dash will be divided into two “heats” - runners first, then walkers. At the completion of the race, all are welcome to join race organizers in the church basement for coffee and rolls.

Registration forms will be accepted up to race time, but all are encouraged to register ahead of time.

Those unable to participate Feb. 7 may send donations to the school at 3245 S. 37th St., Lincoln NE, 68506. Electronic donations may be made at www.cathedraleagles.com.

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