Aid, donations needed for Color Out Cancer run

May 17, 2017 GMT

Calling all volunteers who want to help cure pediatric brain cancer.

The Color Out Cancer 5K, an event hosted by the Team Jack Foundation this Saturday, needs people to throw color, help take registration and supervise two water stations. The event is also looking for donations of chips, cookies and cutlery for the free lunch after the event, said Jodi Simants, who is helping organize it.

The Color Out Cancer 5K, which will be Saturday at Lake Maloney Golf Course, honors three North Platte children — Abbey Girard, Grady Simants and Olivia Swedberg — who have suffered or died from brain cancer.

Abbey Girard and Grady Simants are fighting medulloblastoma. Olivia Swedberg died at age 3 of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma on June 30, 2015.

Runners, walkers and joggers of all ages are welcome to participate and can pre-register through Saturday at https://www.teamjackfoundation.org/color-out-cancer-5k-north-platte-0.

On Saturday, registration begins at 8 a.m. at the golf course. The 5K begins at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served after.

Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for kids. Funds go directly to the Team Jack Foundation solely for research.

The Team Jack Foundation began in 2013, after Jack Hoffman of Atkinson forged a famous friendship with then-Huskers football player Rex Burkhead while fighting brain cancer, himself. Hoffman is now doing well, Dockter said, but his family and volunteers with the foundation don’t want any child to experience brain cancer again.

This is the second year the foundation has hosted a North Platte run.

“We know a lot of families in the North Platte, Hastings and Kearney area,” Kylie Dockter, executive director of the foundation, said. She called the families’ support “incredible.”

“Every day they’re fighting for their child, but they’re fighting for all the other kids, too,” Dockter said.