By Jerry Del Priore
Last Saturday, Dan Foster held his fourteenth annual Dan’s 5K fun run/walk adjacent to the Gerritsen Beach Ball fields in Gerritsen Beach.
The event was a fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Financial Assistance Program, for which Foster,67, serves as the Brooklyn Ambassador. CCABHFA provides funding to organizations that are making strides to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers, according to its website.
The race was held in honor of Wilbur Friedman, a Midwood resident, and Brain Toomey Sr, a Gerritsen Beach native—both of whom succumbed to cancer.
“Words can’t describe I how I feel,” said a gleeful Foster, a 20-year cancer survivor. “I realize how lucky I am. I really feel like the person up above is really watching me. He knows I have a cause, and something to do.”
Foster said over 275 runners/walkers partook in the race, with around 300 people in total who imparted their moral and financial support. The eventful day featured Rides, face painting, a large-scale educational model of a human colon, and a post-race party at the Cort Club, with donated food and drinks for all attendees to enjoy.
Anthony Ferrara, 17, a runner on James Madison High School’s track team, took first place overall with a time of 18:05. On the women’s side, Johanna Wilson claimed top prize with a 22:32 finish.
With the race, which raised over $13,000 through racing fees and donations, Foster said he brought in approximately $200,00 over the years.
Other fundraising events the Gerritsen Beach native has organized and/or has been a part of include the Help Knockout Colon Cancer Barbershop Day and the Walk of Hope—a seven-day, 150-mile jaunt from Montauk Lighthouse (on the tip of Long Island) to Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
For more information on colorectal cancer, log onto www.ccalliance.org.