GOah Noah! 8th annual bike, walk, 5K run to be held Oct. 1

The 8th Annual GOah Noah! bike ride, walk and 5K trail run will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Stony Creek Metropark to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. The 5K competitive trail run starts at 9:30 a.m., with an accompanying bike ride, and 5K walk starting near the West Branch picnic area.

The theme is Wellness! with exhibits and demonstrations by local wellness professionals. A D.J. and sketch artist will add to the festivities, and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Light refreshments will be provided. Event sponsors are McDonald’s, McCain, and Dr. Pepper.

All 5K runners will receive a medal. The race cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children, ages 12 and under. (After Sept. 25, the cost increases to $35 and $20. Registration begins at 9 a.m.) Pre-register online: https://www.rmhc-detroit.org/event/goah-noah-2016/ or call 313-745-5909. A $10 fee or Metropark pass is required for park entry.

Renee Sullivan, of Shelby Township, started the event to help parents cope with medical crises. It is named after her son, Noah Wexler, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, medulloblastoma, at age 9. He survived and is thriving as a 17-year-old student in 11th grade at Utica High School.

The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit offers a home away from home to families who are dealing with serious health issues that require the hospitalization of a child. The majority of families who stay at the House are tending to children with cancer.

Sullivan said, “Noah has been cancer-free for eight years and wants to know what more he can do to give back to those who’ve helped us along the way. The staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit have helped thousands of families over the years. This is our way to contribute to the cause of helping families deal with and overcome their child’s cancer.”

“It’s always a great family event for people of all ages, from babies to seniors. There’s something for everyone. It really is a fun time,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “Funds raised at this grassroots event will go toward our expansion campaign.”

Last year, Noah’s brother Jack Wexler, now 15, won first-place for his age group and was second place overall. Runners do it for fitness, fun or to win – it’s all about their goals.

5th Annual Goah Noah event to benefit The Ronald McDonald House

GOah Noah 5th Annual bike, walk, 5K run event to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Shelby Township, MI., September 12, 2013 – The 5th Annual GOah Noah event will be held at Stony Creek Metro Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, with registration at 9 a.m. Open to the public, the event includes a bike ride, a walk and a competitive 5K run, which is new this year and begins at 9:30 a.m.

Renee Sullivan and Bob Wexler, each of Shelby Township, started the event to help parents cope with medical crises. It is named after their son, Noah Wexler, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, medulloblastoma, at age 9.

This year’s event has an automotive theme, with several historic vehicles on display. There will also be a raffle for kids’ baskets of goodies and a silent auction with items supplied by local businesses. Kids will receive a pinewood car and a set of car stickers, designed by Noah. All attendees will receive a themed T-shirt, and winners of the run will receive prizes. Refreshments will be provided.

The event raises awareness of brain cancer in children and how services such as the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit can soften the edges of a family health crisis by providing low-cost, convenient, safe, clean housing close to Children’s Hospital of Detroit.

“Until you are in that situation, it’s hard to know what a serious medical condition affecting your child is all about. Your life is never the same,” Sullivan said. “The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit is a godsend for families in need.

“The staff is so welcoming and friendly,” Sullivan said. “The kitchen and bedrooms are wonderful. You can make meals in the kitchen and there’s also a nice outdoor space.

“For families that need to travel from the suburbs to Detroit, the location of the Ronald McDonald House saves a lot of driving. That’s time better spent with your child in the hospital,” Sullivan said.

Of her oldest son, now 14 and in 8th grade, Sullivan said that the disease has made him stronger. “Noah has always been a caring and considerate boy. Now, it’s like he’s an adult in a kid’s body. He never complains. People are drawn to him because of his kindness and compassion.

“We want people to come and enjoy themselves. It’s a family event,” said Sullivan, who will also be joined by 12-year-old son Jack.

Pre-registration is encouraged. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children if you register at https://www.rmhc-detroit.org/goah-noah by Oct. 2; add $5 more if you register after that or at the event. There is also a $5 park entry fee if you don’t have an annual Metro Park pass.

For more details, please contact Jen Litomisky at (313) 745-5909.