Battling cancer for survivor Chase Mahrlig has gone from personal to public.
Mahrlig will host the Cancer Chase 5K at 9 a.m. Valentine’s Day at Walter Elisha Park in downtown Fort Mill to raise funds for cancer research. All proceeds will go to Carolinas Healthcare System Levine Cancer Institute to fund cancer research.
Mahrlig, a senior at Nation Ford High School where he plays on the varsity tennis team, is a testicular cancer survivor having battled for his life during part of 2013 and into 2014. His cancer spread to his lungs and abdomen. Mahrlig not only survived after enduring several rounds of chemotherapy and surgery, he even made it back for last spring’s tennis season. But he knows there are others who don’t beat cancer and he wants to do all he can to change that.
“I felt really fortunate,” Mahrlig said.
Now cancer free, he gets checked every two months to make sure there are no signs of a re-occurrence. Mahrlig’s oncologist Dr. Earle Burgess will attend the race.
Mahrlig wants to become an oncologist and plans on going to medical school. In the meantime, he has established the Cancer Chase, which he hopes becomes an annual event. The NaFo senior said he is surprised at how much planning goes into conducting a 5K, but already has eight sponsors for the event. He was looking to raise $5,000, but things have gotten off to a better than projected start.
“I think we have pushed past that (amount),” he said.
Now what Mahrlig is hoping for is actual bodies. He is looking for 150 runners for the 5K itself and has about 90 now.
Mahrlig said there is still time to sign up and people can register the day of the race as well. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for a fun run. There is also a $20 sleep-in option for people wanting to donate, but not run in any of the events.
For more information on the event, go to racesonline.com/events/the-cancer-chase-5k.