Sometimes people run away from their problems, but on Sept. 18, 144 people ran to help solve a problem - cancer. The Red Hatters ran hatless, but generously.
The Second Annual Catherine Boulay Foundation 5K Run was held at the Lehigh Parkway. Runners and walkers were welcome and included cancer patients, cancer survivors, families and friends of cancer patients, and two doctors from Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Top donors, the Classy Ladies' Red Hatters of Walnutport, donated $1,006 to the benefit. Lady Chatterbox Mary Ann Barrall, vice queen, and Jeanettte Spadt, queen mum, also donated an additional $1,000 on July 17 to the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure fundraising golf tournament at the Villa Crossings Golf Course in South Tamaqua.
The Classy Ladies' Red Hatters of Walnutport worked diligently for months before hosting the 12th Birthday Celebration of the Red Hat Society at the Northampton Community Center back in April. Through their chapter's efforts, they raised over $2,000 which they have donated to the two local cancer benefits.
The Catherine Boulay Foundation and the 5K Run were founded by Dr. Rick Boulay, a practitioner with the Lehigh Valley Health Network and his wife, Julie Boulton. The foundation is named for Boulay's grandmother, who passed away from cancer when she was young. Money generated by the 5K will help cancer patients, their families and caregivers on the journey through cancer.
Music was provided by a DJ and plenty of food and beverages were provided for everyone to enjoy.
The goal of the day was to have a fun day and enjoy the time they're given.
Dr. Boulay will be presenting the Classy Ladies Red Hatters with a special plaque for their donation.
The winner of the Catherine Boulay 5K Race was Salisbury High School senior Taylor Gonoude, a friend of Dr. Boulay's daughter, Lauren. Gonoude finished with a time of 20 minutes and 59 seconds. Coming in second was Dr. Paul Mosca from Lehigh Valley Hospital.