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Oakmont preps for Me-One, Cancer-Zero run

By: Steven Wilson,
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2016 ME-ONE 5K FUN RUN

When: Saturday, Jan. 7

Where: Maidu Park, Roseville

Time: Race starts at 9 a.m.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Who: Runners or walkers 

Entry: $40 registration with a free race t-shirt

 

For the second-straight year, local students and staff are banding together to help fight cancer. 

This Saturday, a dozen Oakmont High student volunteers teamed up with the Me-One Foundation out of Roseville to bring the Me-One 5K Fun Run to Maidu Park. 

Me-One is a 100-percent volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing adult cancer patients and their families a respite from the disease. The organization, which was started by Heidi Wieser after the passing of her husband, Tim, who was a baseball coach at Oakmont for two years, gives patients a chance to enjoy life during tough times. 

Through its annual cost-free Camp Challenge, the Me-One Foundation gives families impacted by cancer a place of joy and relaxation that will help them focus on living life rather than fighting the disease. Since 2008, Me-One has hosted a free getaway weekend for patients, their extended families and their supporters. 

Me-One Foundation President Christine Gearing says this weekend’s race plays an integral part in helping fund events like Camp Challenge for those affected. 

“The Foundation is very excited to have Oakmont students and Roseville community members supporting our camper families in 2017,” Gearing says. “This support means more families are provided with the perfect location for adult cancer patients to disconnect from their diagnosis and recharge their relationships.”

Senior Jean Selep is one of nearly a dozen students and faculty members at Oakmont who helped set up this race. 

“My role was to find sponsorships for the run and to see if businesses wanted to help out and contribute,” Selep explained. “For example, we went to Safeway and Bel Air and they gave us gift cards, which we used to buy water bottles and granola bars for the event. I also organized some student volunteers, who will help direct the runners.”

The race, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, is a chance for students like Selep, and those who have dealt with the difficulties a cancer diagnosis presents for a family and community, to give back.

“It means a lot to me to help out with a cause like this because my mom had cancer a couple years ago,” Selep acknowledges. “This was a way for me to help to a family that was going through what my family went through a couple years ago.”

To register before the start of the race, please visit: https://www.squadup.com/events/me-one-5k-fun-run. Registration is $40, and includes a free race t-shirt.