Every year, organizers of the Lise and Faith Memorial Run choose to help out someone in Washington state struggling with a life tragedy.
This year, that recipient is Sarah Evans-Golbeck, a 35-year-old nurse from Bonney Lake who was diagnosed with breast cancer last September.
Craig and Cathy Macadangdang created the fundraiser after their daughter, Lise Palmer — who was pregnant with their granddaughter, Faith — was fatally struck by a car in Chelan in 2011.
“The best way to honor our daughter is to do something she’d love,” Cathy said.
Palmer was hit while running, something she did often, leading to the fundraiser’s “We Run Because Lise Ran” slogan.
Evans-Golbeck knew about the fundraiser because she went to Rogers High School with Palmer, and the two played basketball together.
“It was very tragic and sad,” said Evans-Golbeck on first hearing about Palmer’s death. “I think about her all the time because Faith would be the same age as my boys.”
It was very tragic and sad. I think about her all the time because Faith would be the same age as my boys.
Sarah Evans-Golbeck, remembering Lise Palmer
Evans-Golbeck was pregnant with twin boys around the time of Palmer’s death. She was also pregnant with her first daughter, Harper, when she discovered a lump in her right breast.
Almost one month after her daughter was born, Evans-Golbeck was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to treatment, she was unable to return to work at the Auburn and Tacoma MultiCare general hospitals where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse, and lost her medical insurance.
Now, she receives medical insurance from her husband’s new job, but with bills mounting, it doesn’t get any easier.
The applications for the annual fundraiser start every year in January. All proceeds go directly toward that year’s recipient.
When Evans-Golbeck found out she was chosen, she was honored and blessed, she said.
Aside from the very first Lise and Faith Memorial Run, which was held to benefit the husband and two boys left behind by Lise, all chosen recipients have had cancer, Cathy said.
Several of those past recipients are now cancer free. The 2014 recipient, Cora Cordi, passed away in May of 2015.
An opening ceremony will be held with a moment of silence for those lost.
“It’s important to remember past recipients,” Craig said.
After the ceremony, the run will begin. This year there’s a Hawaiian theme and a 10K, 5K and 1K run. Participants can either run or walk. A free Kids Fun Run is also scheduled for 10:15 a.m.
While not all of them run, about 300 to 400 people usually come and show their support.
“We get a lot of help from the community,” said Craig. “From sponsors to congressmen.”
The feedback of the event is very positive, Cathy added.
“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “We want to give back and bring joy back to other people’s lives. It gives you hope.”
Evans-Golbeck will attend the event with her husband, Dan, and four children.
To register to run, search for the 2016 Lise and Faith Memorial Run at active.com.
The 6th annual run will start at 9 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 13) at the Heritage Park Recreation Center on South Hill.
Lise and Faith Memorial Run
What: This year there is a Hawaiian theme and a 10K, 5K and 1K run. Participants can either run or walk.
When: Packet pick-up and event-day registration (cash or check only) is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 13) at Heritage Park Recreation Center on South Hill. The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m.; the run will start at 9 a.m.; a free Kids Fun Run is at 10:15 a.m.
Information: To register to run, search for the 2016 Lise and Faith Memorial Run at active.com