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Annual Leave a Legacy run among weekend events

10/4/2012

By RACHAEL GRAY

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

Runners and walkers will race for a cure for cancer Saturday in Garden City.

The annual Leave a Legacy Foundation's Legacy 10K and Spirit 5K will be held Saturday.

The race is in memory of Laura Kleysteuber, a 30-year-old mother of two who died in 2006 after a six-year battle with brain cancer.

Those who wish to pre-register can visit the website at www.whodoyourunfor.org. Pre-register will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. The race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Saturday with registration. The 10K and 5K start will be at 7:30 a.m.¬ From 8 to 10 a.m. there will be a pancake feed and at 9 a.m. a Kid's 1-Mile Fun Round around the zoo will take place.

To sign up for the race, or for more information, visit the website.

Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 Finnup Drive, the location of the race, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to a release from the zoo.

Family and friends of Kleysteuber's still continue to run and raise money in her memory.

Their goal is to raise $20,000, according to the website.

In the past, the foundation has provided St. Catherine Hospital with funds to purchase life-saving equipment to diagnose and treat patients.

Last year, the foundation purchased a digital imaging scope to aid in the detection and monitoring of throat, thyroid, lung and head cancer valued at $20,000 for St. Catherine Hospital. Over the past few years, LLF has purchased laptop computers for patients and families to use during their treatment at the Cancer Center. The group also has purchased radiation shields, cameras and other equipment requested by the radiology department. In April 2010, the foundation made its largest single donation of $28,000 toward the purchase of the digital mammography machine for St. Catherine Hospital.

Once a month, the foundation gives Laura's Touches — small gifts including cookies, fuel cards, gift cards and plants — to patients undergoing chemo or radiation at the Cancer Center to encourage them in their fight according to Paige Kraus, friend and organizer.

New this year is the "Fill the Fridge" campaign, to stock snacks and drinks for cancer patients.

"It's another opportunity to touch those battling here in southwest Kansas," Kraus said.

The race this year falls on the day of the KU-KSU football game, and Kraus said organizers are planning a watch party. Silent auction items include tailgate-themed products such as a traeger grill, flat screen TV and other related items. The silent auction will be held the afternoon after the race at Samy's Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

Kraus said organizers also are talking with health care officials to designate a cancer-screening day on Nov. 13 to test for all different types of cancer.

"That's the key in fighting all types of cancer — is early detection," she said.

It is the hope of the foundation that by providing free screenings and assisting with the purchase of digital mammography equipment — lives can be saved in southwest Kansas, a release from the foundation said.

Other weekend events include:

* Day of Play: Garfield Early Childhood Center will hold a Day of Play in conjunction with Nickelodeon's Day of Play on Saturday. The center will have a number of outdoor activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center's playground area, 121 W. Walnut St.

The Early Childhood Day of Play is for children ages 2 to 7. The activities will include hula hoops, parachute games, obstacle course, and more.

For more information, contact Angela Anderson at Garfield Early Childhood Center at 805-7507.

* Sandhills Art Association Juried Exhibition opening: Opening reception for 14th Annual Sandhills Art Association Juried Exhibition will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Mercer Gallery, west wing of Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building. The event is free. The exhibition continues through Oct. 25 with free public viewing hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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