By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — July 12’s Sunbury Ta-Ta Trot will see members from across the Geisinger family come out to help their community and their own.
The race was founded four years ago by Julie Rockey, the senior director for MedMining, Geisinger Health System, and she has several personal stakes in the race’s success.
Money raised by the Ta-Ta Trot goes towards two charities, the Pennsylvania Breast Coalition and the Marie Lamey Fund, named in memory of the first Geisinger nurse devoted solely to breast care.
Lamey, who devoted 30 years to nursing, was also Rockey’s nurse during her cancer treatment.
“She held my hand through the hardest part of my life. I do this for her,” said Rockey.
The Marie Lamey Fund provides medical and non-medical financial assistance for patients, including mammography screenings. Gifts to the fund also support nursing education. All income benefits women who live and work in the Geisinger Health System service area.
The Pennsylvania Breast Coalition offers assistance statewide to women diagnosed with breast cancer and to the families of women who have died to the disease.
The Ta-Ta Trot began four years ago at Shikilemy State Park, and now will be held on North Fourth Street, at 8:30 a.m., as part of the weekend’s Sunbury Celebration. The race has grown with each passing year, with 60 participants the first year, 655 the second, 981 the third and now 1,446 registered so far for this Saturday’s race. “It’s pretty amazing to see how this has grown in four short years,” said Rockey.
“It’s overwhelming. We have probably 20 to 30 teams registered, the amount of businesses that are involved, I think we already have over $50,000 raised this year so far.”
Rockey isn’t the only Geisinger family member involved, though, as several will be participating in the race itself.
Kim Duffy, nursing operations manager at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, will be running for her second year in the Ta-Ta Trot.
“I think it’s fabulous, especially for a rural community and how large the race is becoming,” she said of the event’s success.
A survivor of cervical cancer, Duffy said she is running for members of her “Geisinger family” of co-workers who have been affected by breast cancer. “I like to give back,” she said.
A donation of $25 for teens or adults, and $15 for kids is required for participation if registered by 12 p.m. on July 12 or $30 for teens or adults and $20 for kids if registering after 12 p.m. on July 12.
For more information, to sponsor the event, or to register, call 570-214-5066 or visit www.tatatrot.com.
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