FITCHBURG -- A Concord firefighter with breast cancer will receive the proceeds from the Firefighter Verne Roy 5K Road Race in Fitchburg next month.
Fitchburg firefighter P.J. Roy said he and other event organizers heard about Lindsay McGloughlin's recent diagnosis and decided to help.
"We're doing whatever we can do to help another union firefighter," said Roy. This year will be the 6th annual race named after Roy's grandfather.
McGloughlin's recent diagnosis has created a huge strain on her young family. The 28-year-old Ayer woman and her husband have a son, Charlie, who is nearly 2. Until recently her husband was a firefighter in Westford and the family is facing large expenses related to her treatment.
"I'm incredibly honored and grateful that they have chosen to honor me and help me out," said McGloughlin.
Her treatment begins Monday with a surgical procedure, and further treatment will be determined after that.
The race will be held on Oct. 26 and starts at the Fitchburg Fire Station at 33 North St. The course runs up North Street through Fitchburg State University, turns right on John Fitch Highway and doubles back to the fire station. Walkers will start at 10 a.m. and runners will depart at 11 a.m.
Registration is $20 and can be done at FitchburgFire5k.com or on the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 people who register.
Participants are encouraged to register at least two weeks in advance.
Workers' Credit Union is the major event sponsor. IC Federal Credit Union and Rollstone Bank & Trust are also sponsoring the event.
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