CRSS Race for Hope Profile: Karen Hughes, Runner

Karen Hughes Name: Karen Hughes
Age: 24
Hometown: Delmar, NY
CRSS Race for Hope participant since: 2011

1) What is your connection to the Capital region?
I have lived in Delmar my whole life. My siblings and I were raised here by two wonderful parents, Zip and Mary Jane Hughes.

2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation?
The inspiration behind my participation in the CRSS Race for Hope is my mother, Mary Jane Hughes. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2010 and continued to battle right to the end. She passed away in December 2011 after fighting for almost 2 years. She is the strongest person I have ever known, and I wanted to participate in her honor. When I participated last year, she was there to cheer me on. Even though she won’t be there in person this year, I know she’ll still be cheering me on, just like she always has in everything I’ve ever done.

 3) What song gets you moving on race day?
One song that really gets me going during a run is I Made It by Kevin Rudolph

4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant?
Have fun! It is a great event filled with lots of smiling faces. Everyone is so supportive. I am not a competitive runner, and it was also the first race I had ever run in so I was a little nervous. Once I got there I found out there was no need to be nervous though. We all just want to go out and have a great run/walk and keep doing our part to support brain, head, and neck cancer patients throughout the Capital Region.

5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is smiling faces cheering me on!

About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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