Stache Strong holds 5th annual 5K to benefit brain cancer research

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 7:41 PM EDT
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VESTAL (WBNG) - On Saturday, Sept. 17 Stache Strong held its fifth annual 5K to benefit brain cancer research.

450 community members came out to the 5K in person while 1,200 participated virtually across 47 states to support the stache strong cause.

For Stache Strong President & Co-Founder Colin Gerner, this cause is personal.

“Today is actually three years to the day that I lost my brother at 30 years old to this disease,” Gerner told 12 News. “We started Stache Strong to ultimately fund research and flip the script on brain cancer.”

Glioblastoma or GBM is a rare and dire brain cancer that holds a 15-month life expectancy; Stache Strong is trying to extend those figures through research funding.

“We all really need to band together against this kind of disease that’s underfunded and under-resourced,” Gerner said.

Today’s run and walk raised over $140,000 with all funds going to brain cancer research.

“We’re able to bring people together from across our community who have felt that same pain that my family has after losing my brother,” he told 12 News.

He said many who participated in the 5K had GBM themselves or were there to honor a loved one.

“I think what your getting to is a point where the community has come together against this disease,” he told 12 News. “We’re providing hope to those who have faced the same thing we have with GBM.”

For those who missed the race but would like to get involved, you can do so by going to the Stache Strong website here.