Runners raise almost $60,000 for children’s cancer research
A team competing in the Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge has raised almost $60,000 towards childhood cancer research.
Kevin Maloney and his team-mates ran the Butterfield Mile, the BF&M 10K and the PwC Bermuda Half-Marathon in memory of Mr Maloney’s wife Lisa who died in 2016 following a battle with cancer.
The St Baldrick’s Foundation supports research to find cures for childhood cancers.
Mr Maloney, a senior vice-president at Allied World in New York and a regular business visitor to Bermuda, ran the Triangle Challenge with his wife in 2014 and so the race holds a special place in his heart.
“About 85 per cent of the [Run For Lisa] races have been raised through the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. We belong with the triangle,” he said.
“We will never stop raising money for St Baldrick’s, trying to beat childhood cancer, getting more research and experimental drugs.
“When Lisa was sick, we had to have that chat with the doctors when they told us there is nothing more we can do. Lisa never wanted anyone to have that conversation.
“She told me, ‘don’t give up the fight, keep doing the races’ so we picked up the baton and kept it going in her memory.”
He said his company has agreed to match his own donations and with others still signing up to donate he is hopeful this year’s amount will hit the $70,000 mark.
His wife had stage 4 cancer diagnosed in 2015 and died 11 months later, aged 48.
This year’s 26-strong Run for Lisa team included Mike Almskog, a friend of Mr Maloney’s who is also based in New York, as well as Faye Cook, an executive vice-president at Allied World Bermuda, and other employees of the company.
Run for Lisa has raised $59,420 so far in this year’s race. A link for donations will be active all year.
• To find out more or to donate to the team’s efforts, visitstbaldricks.org/fundraisers/RunForLisa2023