Two hundred supporters flock to parkway to run/walk for Catherine Boulay Foundation
Approximately 200 supporters showed up at the Lehigh Parkway near the steel bridge to run or walk the 5K course in support of the Catherine Boulay Foundation and the Dr. David Prager Lehigh Valley Health Network patient assistance fund Sept. 15.
The Catherine Boulay Foundation was formed by Dr. Richard Boulay M.D, in 2007 to honor his grandmother, who passed away from colon cancer when he was young. Boulay is chief of gynecologic oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
All proceeds from the event were slated for the Dr. David Prager LVHN patient assistance fund assisting cancer patients with nonmedical expenses for patients facing financial difficulties arising during cancer treatments.
Dr. David Prager, a renowned Lehigh Valley oncologist credited with raising this area's level of cancer care to national standards, died at his South Whitehall home in 2010.
His death ended an 18-year struggle with Parkinson's disease. The degenerative nervous system disorder had gradually slowed Prager but hadn't incapacitated him until the last two years of his life, when treatment and his own considerable will could no longer conquer his symptoms.
This is the fourth annual Catherine Boulay 5K Run/Walk, and race director Rick Boulay said the Prager fund was chosen to receive the proceeds of the event and peripheral fundraising efforts to honor accomplishments of Prager in the field of cancer throughout his professional career.
The male winner of the 5K run was Kyle Gonoude, of Salisbury, who finished with a time of 39 minutes and 18 seconds. Not far behind was the first female finisher, Dr. Beth Berger, of Allentown.
Sponsors and participants for the event were:
Lehigh Valley Health Network; Shangy's Beer Distributor; Pinnacle Roofing; Applebee's-Trexlertown; Tastefully Simple; Full Moon Port-o-Potties; Therapy Dogs of the Lehigh Valley; The Allentown Fire Department and K-9 Corps; Wesley Works DJ and Photography; Holly Jolly Clown; Brian Schaffer and The Press.