Appendix cancer patient and Mooresville resident Scott Montgomery is bringing the Christmas spirit to Bellingham Park this June with the first Santa's Summer 5k, Cancer Walk and Fun Run.
In October 2013, Montgomery was diagnosed with metastatic mucinous appendiceal adenocarcinoma, or a rare form of cancer where tumors form on the appendix. Over the course of his treatment, he endured several surgeries – including cytoreduction surgery and the removal of two and a half feet of colon – and chemotherapy. By May 2014, he finally recovered.
Because the cancer he had is not only rare but also not completely curable, Montgomery now spends much of his time raising awareness and funds for the charity of his choice, the 501(c)3 PMP Research Foundation. With that goal in mind, he formed Hoops for a Cure last year, which holds sporting events to give donations to the PMP Research Foundation.
The charity’s first basketball-themed event was held last September at Talbert Recreation Center and raised $8,500 for the foundation. With the second fundraiser, Montgomery wanted to “expand our scope” when it came to participants by trying a 5K.
“At our basketball event, we got some feedback telling us that type of event might be limiting our participation,” he said. “Some of our volunteers suggested we try a 5K, so we decided to try going that route.”
The Santa's Summer 5k, Cancer Walk and Fun Run will take place on June 4, incorporating a fun holiday theme with a costume contest and prizes, along with a 5K and Children’s Fun Run.
“It’s kid-friendly and open to everyone, and we hope the Christmas theme is unique,” said Montgomery.
The event will kick off at the park at 8 a.m., with day-of registration opening for the 5K. At 8:30, children’s fun run will begin, followed by the walk portion of the fundraiser at 8:45 and the 5K at 9 a.m. A demonstration by Acrofitness and an award ceremony will close out the event at 10:30 a.m.
Montgomery said that he hopes residents will participate in the Santa’s Summer event because “it’s important to get out and get active while supporting a great cause.”
“The PMP Research Foundation gives their funding directly to research grants in order to help find a cure,” he said. “It’s run by volunteers, so every dime goes toward research or educating doctors and surgeons about appendix cancer and its treatment options.”
Montgomery added that they still plan to have a basketball fundraiser in the fall, but that they will change the format so it’s “less competitive and can include more people in on the fun.”
For more information about participation in the Santa’s Summer 5K, Cancer Walk and Fun Run or for registration, visit https://hoops4acure.pmpcure.org/campaigns/42. For more on the PMP Research Foundation, visit www.pmpcure.org.
Stay up-to-date on what's happening
Receive the latest in local entertainment news in your inbox weekly!