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Class of 2011 5K helps raise funds for charities

Instead of sleeping in on Sunday, April 30, many students chose instead to lace up their running sneakers and attempt a 5K to raise money for two important charities.

The Class of 2011 chose to sponsor this 5K as a means of attracting attention and donating funds to Lucy’s Love Bus and the DJ Dream Fund.

Lucy’s Love Bus was founded in memoriam of Lucy Grogan, a twelve year old who lost her battle with Leukemia in 2006.

According to the charity’s website, “Lucy’s Love Bus eases the suffering of pediatric cancer patients by providing free integrative therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, and therapeutic horseback riding to children with cancer and children coping with late effects of prior cancer treatment.”

The other charity that is being assisted through this race is the DJ Dream Fund, a cause close to the heart of senior Corey Arenz.

The organization was created in memory of Danroy “DJ” Henry, a football player at Pace University who was tragically shot and killed by police in a controversial scene outside of a bar in New York on October 17, 2010.  The details of his untimely demise are still being assessed because heavy debate surrounds the use of deadly force by a policeman under these uncertain circumstances.

Arenz had been best friends with Henry since childhood-neighbors who became family.  Despite the physical distance due to their attending different universities, the pair’s bond remained extremely close.

According to Arenz, “[Henry] was an outstanding individual with great character. He was a man of faith who put family first…DJ had a genuine concern for everyone he met and would give you the shirt off his back. He had all the aspects of a good friend, son, and brother.”

In honor of Henry’s life, the DJ Dream Fund was established to share DJ’s love of sports by providing resources to underprivileged children and young adults in Massachusetts so that have the opportunity to get involved in athletics and wellness programs.

When the race began at 10 a.m., approximately twenty students showed up to run the course, which consisted of 1.75 laps around Ring Road, beginning at Dell Road and ending at the observatory field.

The cost for students was $10, while non-students were $20.  T-shirts and bracelets were also available for a cost for the DJ Dream Fund, and love bracelets were on hand for Lucy’s Love Bus.

Senior class president Ashlee Mastrangelo believes that the small number of runners was due to the lengthy preparation for the event and the lack of advertising.  However, she believes that the 5K was a great way of raising money for charities such as these.

“A 5k is a great fundraiser,” explained Mastrangelo. “It gets people outside enjoying the outdoors, getting good exercise and giving back. I think it has so more value than just a bar night, though they are fun, this is something so different.”

Mastrangelo also hopes to make this a yearly event since it should be no hassle to plan in the future and it will be a great opportunity for students and future graduating classes to give back.

For those interested in donating to either of these worth causes, please visit lucyslovebus.org or http://www.djdreamfund.org.

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