The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 5K will be held Saturday at Walter Y. Elisha Park in downtown Fort Mill.
The race begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run begins at 8:45.
The national nonprofit organization Cookies for Kids’ Cancer began with a massive bake sale in 2008. Founders Larry and Gretchen Witt of Califon, N.J., were inspired by their son Liam’s battle with neuroblastoma, pledged to support research for more effective treatments of pediatric cancers. The organization encourages individuals to “be a good cookie” by sponsoring grassroots fundraising projects to support pediatric cancer research.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer became the platform for the 2014 South Carolina Strawberry Festival Pageant after Dana Boutwell, who held the Mrs. title in 2013, helped raise $42,000 for pediatric cancer last year.
The 5K is a service project of 2014 Miss South Carolina Strawberry Festival Queen Ashley Jones and will kick off 30 Days for a Cure, when a different local business will participate in raising awareness about pediatric cancer each day in September.
Those who would like to offer support but will not be able to attend the 5K can sign up for a virtual run and will receive an event T-shirt by mail.
To register or volunteer for the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 5K, visit www.cookies5kfortmill.com or www.facebook.com/CookiesForKids5K. Registration will also be open at 7:15 a.m. on the day of the event.