Circle of Friends will host its Sixth Annual “Run for the Rainbow” 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run Tuesday, June 17 at New Albany Market Square. Proceeds from Run for the Rainbow benefit pediatric cancer research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Over the past 15 years, Circle of Friends has raised nearly $1.5 million for the fight against cancer.
Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. with races beginning at 6:40 p.m. Registration fees are $15 for the Kids Fun Run and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk. After June 10, registration is $20 and $30 respectively.
To register for the 2008 Run for the Rainbow, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/RunfortheRainbow or contact Rachel Whisner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, (614) 355-0888 or Rachel.Whisner@NationwideChildrens.org.
Circle of Friends
In 1994, a small group of friends gathered for a summer party in the New Albany home of Tom and Susie Puleri. A fishbowl placed on the table for donations had collected $300 by night’s end, which marked the beginning of what would become Circle of Friends. The gathering began as a grassroots celebration of the Puleri’s niece, Angela Weber, and her remission from childhood leukemia. It took on a new meaning in 1998 when Weber’s 6-year-old friend, Aaron Kraut, lost his nearly five-year battle with the same disease. Over the past 15 years, Circle of Friends has raised nearly $1.5 million with 100 percent of the proceeds designated exclusively to cancer research. For more information, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/cof or www.cofcolumbus.com.