Pi Upsilon Pi (Pines) will be hosting its annual Run for Life on Saturday, April 22 at MCLA. Having already raised $1,295, Pines is almost halfway to its $3,000 goal.
The fundraiser is aimed to help children who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable genetic disease that impacts mostly the lungs, but also the digestive system.
Registration costs $15 and will begin at 10 a.m. in the atrium outside of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), and the race will start at 11 a.m. on Blackinton Street. Following the run, there will be a reception held in the CSI parking lot consisting of tents with food and music for all runners and supporters.
“It’s going to be really big this year,” said Pines President Daniel Schenkle. “We’re combining with a Cystic Fibrosis organization in North Adams, so we’re expecting a lot more people.”
The weekend of April 22 is also MCLA’s alumni weekend, and according to Schenkle some Pines alumni will be participating in the run.
On the Berkshire page of the Great Strides: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website, fightcf.cff.org, donations can be made in support of each team member or other runners can register to be a part of the Pines team.
Every year, 100 percent of the proceeds go towards a child suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Some members of Pines also accompany the child and their family to the Boston Children’s Hospital during the days following the race. The trip is organized to help Pines and the sponsored family to learn more about the disease, and to take advantage of all resources available.
“This year the girl with Cystic Fibrosis is from Pittsfield,” Schenkle said. “We get to meet her the day of the race.”
The organization has been participating annually in the fundraiser in conjunction with Pi Upsilon Omega since 1981. Throughout those years, they have raised more than $80,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.