What Is The Rose Run?
The Rose Run is a 5k run/walk and kids' fun run in memory of Rose Marie Hunt. Rose was 54 years young when she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was 42 when she was first diagnosed. She had a bilateral mastectomy and endured a stem cell transplant in Toledo, Ohio where her treatments were, at that time, administered. She went in to remission and enjoyed re-marrying, watching her kids graduate high school, being there for the birth of 5 of her now 7 grandchildren and working hard, which was something she always did.
In March of 2008, the cancer had been discovered again. This time, it had metastasized. This cancer was aggressive and although she fought as long as she could, ten months later, Rose lost her battle with breast cancer surrounded by her family.
Her daughter, Jessica Cribbs, knew something had to be done for others and to keep the memory of this amazing woman alive. With the help of her family, The Rose Run was born.
The first summer in Michigan, The Rose Run attracted over 300 runners and walkers raising $10,000 for this cause. Because Jessica is a Burbank, California resident, she enlisted the gracious help of her friends at Moms In Motion to simultaneously host a Rose Run in Los Angeles. For the past 6 years, The Rose Run has had participants in all parts of the United States and Afghanistan.
The Rose Run is headed into its 9th year and over $102,000 has been raised for National charities and local charities alike. Together, family, friends and strangers are working hard with the integrity and selflessness that Rose had. A cure will be found.
Jessica is now the president and founder of The Strength Of A Rose Foundation. The SOAR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to doing great things in the advancement of cancer research with a great focus on patient services and needs.
Rose has started something big. Because of her, good things will happen.