Last Sunday, over $27,000 were raised by sophomore Tanner Humphrey and the rest of Mr. Fortunato and Mr. Thomas’s LEADS group. The money raised from the inaugural Melanie’s Miles 5K will benefit the Melanie Humphrey Breath of Life Fund, which assists local families of those who have been affected by lung cancer. The fund is in honor of Tanner ’19 and Logan ’20 Humphrey’s mother Melanie, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2012. The race was a great success, gathering racers and volunteers from the Blair community and surrounding areas.
The event began with the Kids’ Fun Run, consisting of a two lap run around the track. This was followed by speeches from Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato and Tanner, in which they thanked everyone for attending. After the speeches, over 250 participants lined up at the start of the course, and the race began. The first male finisher of the 5K was local Steven Lang, followed by teacher and coach Mr. Thatcher. The first female finisher was Savannah Doelfel ’18.
Student, parent, and faculty volunteers assisted, registering runners, distributing t-shirts, and recording participant times. The event was organized by one of Blair’s LEADS classes.
The event was a great success, and everyone enjoyed participating in such a worthwhile cause. When asked for his thoughts on the affair, Tanner commented:
This entire event has been amazing. It’s truly been incredible for me to see not only the support of the Blair community, but the support of the surrounding communities as well. It just goes to show that when caring people come together, they really can accomplish anything. When I started the Melanie Humphrey Breath of Life Fund and began to plan Melanie’s Miles with our awesome team of students and faculty, I could see a reality in which we could make a real difference for lung cancer patients and their families.
Reflecting on the success of the event, Tanner continued, “I finally get so see this reality begin to come into play and I know my mother would be extremely happy with what we’ve accomplished.”
(Copyright 2016 Abby Morris)