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The Sarah Strong Run 5K Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run will be held in downtown Elkhart on September 23, 2023. All proceeds from the Sarah Strong Run benefit Passionately Purple: The Sarah Crane Foundation, which assists families in the local community whose loved ones are battling cancer.
Packet pickup will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023, from 5-8 PM at a location TBD as well as at the race location on Saturday, September 23 from 7:30 -8:30 AM. The race will start and finish at Bicentennial Park (100 N. Elkhart Ave) in Downtown Elkhart.
ABOUT PASSIONATELY PURPLE:
Sarah Crane was a sophomore at Elkhart Memorial High School (in Elkhart, Indiana) and was full of Charger Pride. A letter winner in Track and actively involved in Cross Country, Drill Team and Dance, Sarah always maintained a positive attitude in life, sports and her academics. On July 10th 2013, that positive attitude became critically important as she was diagnosed with Stage-4 Colon Cancer; an extremely rare form of cancer for someone her age with the colon, liver, lungs and bowels affected and requiring cancer treatments consisting of surgeries and ongoing chemotherapy. While most would have given up or huddled in fear, Sarah stood strong and vowed to win this battle. Sarah refused to back down or surrender. The slogan SARAHSTRONG is where this was born. It was her mantra and focus during this difficult process. Purple represents not only the fight against all cancers but is Sarah’s favorite color.
Unfortunately for us, Sarah's battle ended on December 7, 2013.
With Sarah's passing and still an entire community still rallying, the Crane family knew they had to do something and that is when the foundation was born. The foundation hosts several fundraising events to help aid in annual scholarships at Elkhart High School, and provide supplies, counseling and other items for local families who are also battling cancer.
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