CANTON — The second Collins Dixon Bend Your Knees 5K Run is Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Canton, and race organizers say the event will raise awareness and money for families struggling with childhood brain cancer.
Twelve-year-old Collins Dixon of Canton died in January 2012 after battling an aggressive and rare brain cancer for 10 months, and he inspired the community by spreading a message of hope, supporters said.
“The thing that keeps us going is that Collins was so strong,” Collins’ father, Bob Dixon said Wednesday. “No matter what the doctors told him, his faith grew stronger.”
Dixon said his family started the Bend Your Knees foundation to help other families who are struggling with childhood brain cancer throughout the Southeast.
“We were all struck last year by the way everybody did come together; we had over 1,000 people participate last year,” Dixon said. “The community, the way they came together and supported Collins, made us really know that Cherokee County, and Canton, is home for us.”
Dixon said those wishing to participate can sign up on raceday, starting at 7 a.m. Proceeds raised from the race will go to the Bend Your Knees foundation and the Brain Tumor Foundation Collins Dixon memorial fund.
“Come out and have a good time, we’re going to have bouncy houses, and it’s going to be not only a 5K but it’ll be a fun time for the whole family,” Dixon said.
The race begins at 8 a.m. and pre-race activities start at 7:40 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive early to allow time for parking and to pick up their number for the race.
The road to First Baptist Church of Canton will close at 7:45 a.m. for the race, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group, for the overall male and female finishers and for the male and female masters.
There will be a 5K Raider Run and a one-mile Brave Walk. First Baptist Church of Canton is at 1 Mission Point in Canton.