Last June, Mary Morrison Gillam, left this world in the midst of a fierce struggle with pancreatic cancer (her beast) which began 5 years prior. She was 43, a wife, a mother of three young children, a daughter, a sister, a dear friend to countless others, and a runner. Daily she strode the back roads of her home Camden County with her blonde ponytail bouncing and her long legs churning mile after mile. She carried a broad smile and an energetic wave to the many who greeted her along the way. She also carried her beast.
Before her passing, she was intense no one makes reference to her “losing a long battle to cancer,” because, her words “It was never a fair fight. If it had been I would have won.”
The “Run with Mary” proceeds will go to cancer research at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where Mary received such tender, extraordinary care. They battled the beast with Mary toe to toe. Cancer research can destroy this scourge. Please come and run with Mary’s Spirit. She will be here! Let’s make it a fair fight for all those who yet struggle. Then Mary will have won her greatest race. And so will you.
This 5K weaves in and out of the residential historic district of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The course is flat and completely paved, making it ideal for every level of runner!
May 13th, 2023, 10 AM Start Time
The Run with Mary 5k begins and ends at Waterfront Park in downtown Elizabeth City, NC. Please join us at Seven Sounds for a post celebration.
Run with Mary
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