Badges for a Cause 5K to return to Mio for 11th year


MIO –– The 11th annual Badges for a Cause 5K race and walk will take place Aug. 12 to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, education and services.

Sheriff Kevin Grace said he expects the same number of attendees this year as compared to previous years.

“Usually we get anywhere from 75-100, and generally all ages from young to old and in-between (participate),” he said. “So it’s more of a fun race than it is a competitive one.”

Grace said he believes the people who attend usually have something in common.

“I think a lot of the people either have somebody that’s involved in some kind of cancer or surviving or have somebody that’s been taken as a result of cancer, so I think that’s kind of a little healing process for some and it’s kind of a feel-good run.”

Grace recommended pre-registering for the event in order to guarantee receiving the correct size of T-shirt, although he said the organizers usually buy extra as well. It costs $20 to register by Aug. 5 or $25 to register the day of.

“Generally we’ve still got many spaces and shirts available,” Grace said. “We’ve got silent auction items and many of the businesses and individuals have donated different auction items. We’ve got golf packages, hair products, auto supplies, etc., and a lot of gift certificates and gas cards.”

Grace said approximately $4,000 was raised from last year’s run, and the goal is to continue to raise that much and more for the American Cancer Society.

“We try to up it every year, so whatever we can get out of it I guess,” he said. “Our goal is mainly to have fun and just be able to be out there and help with the healing process they’ve had and get folks of a similar interest to just enjoy the day. Rain or shine, we’ll go.”

Badges for a Cause began in 2006 in Fairview and was moved to Mio the following year, according to Grace. He said he hopes people will have fun and maybe pick up a few auction items for a good price.

“We always remember it goes to a good cause, so if you throw a couple extra dollars in

we’re good with that,” Grace said. “I got Shannon Lunning who works up at Cooper Standard and she does part-time dispatch for us. She helped us out and she’s really made it flourish, so a lot of kudos to her.”

The event will begin at the courthouse parking lot located at 105 Court St. in Mio, but may be moved to the sheriff’s office if there is any construction scheduled. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Department at 989-826-3214.


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