On Saturday, October 29, 2011, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NJ-NCCC) will host its second annual Halloween 5K to End Cervical Cancer in Montclair. The costume-optional, all ages run/walk will start at 11 a.m. at Just Jakes, 30 Park Street, and pass through Montclair’s residential streets before returning to Just Jakes for a free after-party featuring live music from Midnight Rain.
Last year’s event drew 200-plus registrants. This year’s event, which the NJ-NCCC hopes will draw over 300 participants, volunteers, and spectators this year, is organized to raise awareness about and money for the NJ-NCCC and is presented by Fairfield Racquet Club, Brookdale Shoprite, Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning, JAG Physical Therapy and the Firefighter´s Mutual Benevolent Association, Montclair – Local 20, and law firm LeClairRyan. The NJ-NCCC was founded by Cristina Lucchetti Ryan, Bloomfield resident, in June 2009 in memory of her best friend, Cary Anne Cowan, a mother and life-long New Jersey resident who lost her life to cervical cancer in 2007.
Cowan had gone without a routine cervical cancer screening for nearly a decade and was only 36 when she was diagnosed with Stage IVB cervical cancer. The chapter is now lead by Sandy Fischer, Cowan´s sister. Since its founding, the NJ-NCCC has attracted a handful of active members, including race director and Montclair resident Mandy Weis. New members are welcome; for more information, visit here