CHAPEL HILL – The Get Heeled 5K returns to Chapel Hill Satursday with more than 600 runners scheduled to take to the roads of southeastern Chapel Hill.
The Get Heeled 5k was founded by the Pink Pacers to raise money for the UNC Lineberger’s pediatric oncology and hematology clinic. The money goes to Family Support Services to help families that have been affected by cancer. Co-director of the race, Katy Gilliam, says that the family support provides help to the parents and families of children with cancer.
“They are the social worker, the interpreter, the in-house school, anything that helps families walk through the process of childhood cancer,” Gilliam said “it helps the sibling, it helps the care givers, it helps the child who is actually facing cancer.”
Since 2011, Get Heeled 5k has raised more than $100,000 to help these families. Gilliam says that all of the profits from the registration and donations go towards the cause.
“And 100 percent of the donations, no money is taken out for administrative costs so it’s a direct gift to the children and the families, and also the registration fee is a direct gift to the families” Gilliam stated.
There are already 600 people that have registered for the race, plus many others coming to support. At the event there will be a raffle, “Skipsations,” UNC Gymnastics warm-up, Dance Theater south, and several UNC athletes. Gilliam a lot of support comes from UNC athletes during the event.
“The whole Carolina Outreach program is getting involved, that’s a really big goal of ours because we really think it’s special to have children being cheered by athletes” Gilliam said.
To register for the event or to donate to the cause click here.