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Colon Cancer Crush to benefit research, honor Brasher Falls woman

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PARISHVILLE - Parishville’s Firemen’s Field on Rutman Road will be the site of the first planned to be annual Colon Cancer Crush Saturday morning.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and is to benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance as well as honor the memory of Brasher Falls resident Iris Newtown.

Ms. Newtown passed away in 2013 from the disease and was a constant presence in numerous areas of the north country.

“The event is in memory of my mother. It was kind of something that I came up with to do in her honor. I contacted Naomi (Weller) to be my main source for help and work with the activities. We’re definitely not the only ones involved though,” Heather Liebfred said. “(Iris) was a Brasher Falls resident when she died but she was born and raised in Norfolk. We are using the Parishville location because my husband and I live there. My mother became friendly with a lot of the community there too.”

“Heather wanted to do something in memory of her mom and our families are friends. I think it’s a great cause. Any walk to benefit cancer is a great thing to do,” Ms. Weller added.

The event will include a trio of activities - a 5k fun run, a craft and vendor show and field festivities for children.

“The event is kind of like three small events turned into one,” Ms. Liebfred said.

The fun run will be an on-road/off-road trek through the back roads and ATV trails of the town.

The craft and vendor show is expected to feature a diverse group of businesses.

“We have a craft and vendor show, and we do have quite a few coming. The Friot Family Farms (Russell) and Baker Power Store from DeKalb will also be there. We also have vendors from Shakeology and other places like that coming,” Ms. Weller said.

The children’s activities will include bounce houses, face painting and various games and is being organized by Tanya Krise.

Ms. Liebfred said that the group has plans to continue with fundraising and colon cancer awareness events in the future.

“It’s a disease that is quite common and more common than people realize. That was important for us to go that route. We’re hoping to get enough of a turnout to make a second event. At this point we’re looking for anybody and everybody to come out and have fun. It’s mostly just about raising awareness for colon cancer,” she said.

“We’re contending with other festivals going on this weekend, but really we’re just trying to bring it all together. My mother passed away on her 58th birthday and the anniversary of that was (Tuesday.) So we’re looking to have future events around this time of year.”

Registration forms for the fun run are $15 and may be found at liebfrhl.wix.com/coloncancercrush.

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