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Riverstone Runabout is Saturday

Benefits family of late resident

POSTED: August 24, 2012 11:00 a.m.

A north Forsyth community will honor the memory of one of its late members this weekend.

The Second Annual Riverstone Runabout 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, with registration at 7 a.m.

The event was held for the first time last year for Riverstone resident Lisa James, who was battling stage 4 melanoma cancer.

In order to help James and her family with medical costs, neighbors organized the run and raised some $10,000.

Sadly, James, who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2009, lost her battle on July 25.

But the neighborhood still wanted to hold the run to raise money for the college funds of James’ two children, Olivia and Dean.

Organizer Beth Chamberlain said the children and their father, Dale, will be at the run.

“Dale said they’re really excited about it,” Chamberlain said. “It’s kind of helping them with their healing process.”

About 200 people have preregistered for the run, Chamberlain said, but noted there’s still room for plenty more.

“We’re prepared and we have bought enough shirts for upwards of 300, so we feel we have plenty for folks who want to come on out and join us,” she said.

According to Chamberlain, the event will also offer a silent auction, which begins at 6 tonight.

“We’re encouraging people to come Friday night from 6 to 8 and pick up their packets, and that’s when the auction is going to start and then it will continue until 10 a.m. on Saturday,” she said.

The auction will feature about 40 items, ranging from boat rentals and hiking trips to golf packages and plants.

Some new offerings this year with the run include a Home Depot kids’ clinic Saturday, during which they can build a project.

“And two Girl Scout troops are going to do some skin cancer awareness since Lisa had melanoma,” she said.

Chamberlain said James would have been pleased to see a large turnout.

“Even a few days before she passed, Lisa was still asking questions and excited about [the runabout] happening,” she said.


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