“Kortney’s Challenge” Returns to Monmouth Park

Two Mile FUN Run/Walk Scheduled for August 10

The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) has announced it will host its ninth annual Kortney’s Challenge Two Mile FUN Run/Walk on Sunday, August 10 at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport (rain or shine). The foundation’s signature family event, sponsored by Monmouth Park, Les Friedland Associates, LTD., Turning Point Restaurants, and WBI, raises funds for research and treatment of pediatric brain tumors, the leading cause of tumor-related deaths in children age 19 and under.

Kortney’s Challenge is a fun day for the whole family. In addition to the race, there are free kids’ activities, including crafts, pony rides, face painting, bouncer, and more. All children will receive a medal, and all participants receive a free goody bag full of donated items. Prizes will be awarded to the top three girl and boy finishers (age 12 and under) as well as the top three men and women (age 13 and over). New this year: set up your own fundraising page or team to raise funds.

Race-day registration and t-shirt and bag pick up begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a Dance Plus Performance Team Exhibition at 9:00 a.m. and the race starts at 10:00 a.m. The 107.1 FM Radio station will be on hand to DJ and give out free giveaways.

After the race, join them for a Day at the Races in a KRF-designated picnic area, in conjunction with the Oceanport PBA. Kids under 12 are free, and picnic tickets for participants of Kortney’s Challenge are only $20 for food, beverage, and a full day of horse races. Supporters age 12 and older not participating in the race can purchase tickets for $25.

Please visit the website www.thekortneyrosefoundation.org for all event information, including links to pre-register for Kortney’s Challenge and for tickets to Day at the Races. Also available for download are entry forms for mail-in registration and pledge forms. Runners who pre-register will save $5 and be guaranteed a t-shirt.

In addition to raising money for the foundation’s mission, all of the miles walked by participants in Kortney’s Challenge will be donated to The International Brain Tumor Alliance’s (IBTA) Walk Around the World for Brain Tumors, a London-based alliance supporting brain tumor advocacy groups. For information, go to www.ibta.org.

“Every year, we’ve welcomed more families to this rewarding event at a superb venue,” said Kristen Gillette, Kortney’s mom and the KRF president. “With the number of new cases of pediatric brain tumors in 2013 estimated at 12.8 per day, support from our extended community is more crucial than ever. This affects all children everywhere, not just in our town.”

Kortney Rose Gillette was a vivacious nine-year-old girl with a winning smile and unparalleled zest for life. She loved playing with friends and animals and enjoyed school at Wolf Hill Elementary School in Oceanport, NJ. This didn’t change even after her diagnosis of a terminal brainstem glioma. On April 27, 2006, four months after her diagnosis, Kortney lost her brave battle with this pediatric brain cancer.

To celebrate Kortney’s love of life, the inaugural “Kortney’s Challenge was held in September 2006. Over 500 people participated and helped to raise money that was used: to build “Kortney’s Playground,” at Wolf Hill Elementary School, where Kortney was a third grader. In 2007, The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3)to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research and awareness. The foundation has donated almost one million dollars in the past seven years to the pediatric brain tumor research program at the #1 children’s hospital in the nation, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Donations from KRF are used in CHOP’s world class Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC), which collects bio specimens reflecting the molecular diversity of all pediatric brain tumors and in the Large-Scale Genomics Project that hunts down the genes behind brain tumors, with the goals of using this gene knowledge to guide therapy and devise new tests and treatments.

If you would like more information about The Kortney Rose Foundation, visit www.TheKortneyRoseFoundation.org.