Sold-out run was the newest addition to 20th anniversary Rattle Me Bones
OTTAWA – With Halloween later this week and the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, it was no surprise that there would be interest in a zombie run.
But organizers never expected that their first-ever zombie 5K run (the newest addition to the Rattle Me Bones event, sponsored by Tribe Medical Group) in support of bone cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital – would sell out months in advance.
More than 500 people ran for their lives in this area’s largest zombie run, while thousands more participated in 10K Sports 4 Wishbone, 5K Funnybone, 2 T-Bone, and 1K Jigglebone runs, raising a record $115,179 in support of bone cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the event has now raised a cumulative $1.1 million.
“We are thrilled at the success of the zombie run, and overwhelmed by the support for this important cause,” said Danielle St-Aubin, Vice-President Donor Relations and Communications at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
There to show his support was 10-year-old Justin Leblanc, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a type of bone cancer – last year. Thanks to his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joel Werier of The Ottawa Hospital, Justin has been getting around on his minimally invasive prosthetic – an Ontario-first – just fine. Earlier today at the General Campus, he was able to cross the finish line with Dr. Werier, whose work will be supported by Rattle Me Bones.
Primary bone cancer like Justin’s can affect young individuals, and can severely affect the mobility of the patient, said Dr. Werier. “However, the funds raised today can potentially help researchers make valuable discoveries that will change the course of bone cancer diagnoses.”