Maddy’s Run: Eagle River girl’s legacy continues as organizers plan to form nonprofit
The Eagle River community is continuing a tradition in memory of one of their bravest. Maddy Brandl died in April at the age of 10 after a fight with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
Last year, Eagle River High School hosted the first-ever Maddy’s Run, which raised more than $16,000 for Brandl’s family to help pay for medical expenses. For the second annual Maddy’s Run, the proceeds will go to three young Anchorage-area families with kids battling cancer. Dana Johnson, one of the race’s organizers and a teacher at Homestead Elementary where Brandl was a student, said Maddy would want the run to continue.
“She felt so much love that day, that we did the race for her, she just wanted to share that with others and know that she was helping others in the process,” Johnson said.
More than 400 people participated in Saturday’s event. Runners had the choice of three different course lengths, and many of the runners were children.
The three beneficiaries of Sunday’s run are 3-year-old Natilynn Matos, 10-year-old Ashton Fischer and 12-year-old Brandon Cramer.
“It’s important for the community to rally around those families,” said Jacob Bera, a teacher and cross-country coach at ERHS who also helped organize the run. “That’s something that Maddy felt and her family felt last year, and an event like this really shows us that we have a strong community here in Eagle River.”
Bera and Johnson said they are working on forming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to ensure the run continues as an annual tradition.
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