Hundreds showed up Saturday, September 29, 2012 for a run that took big steps to conducting research into the causes of abdominal cancer. At the end of the day, $10,000 was raised to help in the fight.
The run was a benefit to raise money for the the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund. The goal is to discover a cure within Sebastian’s lifetime. Sebastian, a Milwaukee Police Sergeant, was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma-Peritonea or Stage 4 cancer of the abdominal cavity. Sebastian is 35 years old and has 16 years with the Milwaukee Police Department. He is married to Angela Castillo-Raclaw, an elmentary school teacher, and has two beautiful children, Noah who is 21 months old and Isabella who is 4 years old.
Sebastian has chosen not to accept direct financial support, but has created a research foundation through the Medical College of Wisconsin. The two doctors treating Sebastian at the Medical College of Wisconsin have agreed to limit all funds received to the following:- researching therapies for this type of rare cancer- study novel chemo therapies with micro particles- perform clinical trials with new therapies- create a regional symposium to facilitate collaboration with the leading experts in this rare and incurable cancer that affects one person in a million.
MPD turned out in full support for this cause. Special thanks go out to the Shielded Hearts organization for the water stops, coffee and cookies. Michelle Hagen did a great job at the T-shirt table and Sgt. Shannon Seymer-Tabaska stayed up late sorting race bibs and organizing the paperwork.
The honor guard and displays from the Neighborhood Task Force were a hit and Assistant Chief Patrick Mitchell did a great job as the event emcee. The recruits as well as the recruit staff ran well and made us proud.
We also recognize Police Officer Kieran Sawyer who organized the event. He spent many hours making this a success.
Take a look at some of the great photos here: