On Sunday May 31, the fourth and final Steel Lillies 5K Race/Walk will be held at Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive, Webster, NY.
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Three years ago this past April, Tiffany Bayer Lill lost her courageous battle with sarcoma cancer. On Sunday May 31, the fourth and final Steel Lillies 5K Race/Walk will be held at Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive, Webster, NY. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. Last year, more than 500 runners and walkers helped Steel Lillies toward its $250,000 fundraising goal.
Steel Lillies was founded in January 2012 with Tiffany Bayer Lill, a 39-year-old wife and mother of a young daughter and a son. Bayer was undergoing her personal battle with sarcoma cancer, a fight that ended that same year. Following Bayer’s death, her husband, Jim Lill and parents, Steve and Diane Bayer, pledged to raise a quarter of a million dollars for sarcoma cancer research. Through the 5K races and casino nights, they have raised $240,00 and with this race, hope to reach their goal.
All monies raised are designated for sarcoma cancer research at James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at University of Rochester Medical Center. The Orthopedic Department at University of Rochester Medical Center also has committed to match all funds raised.
The name “Steel Lillies” originated from the steel rods placed in Bayer’s back to support her spine after the removal of several large tumors. “Lillies” comes from her last name and her favorite flower. Because of the success of the Steel lilies fundraisers, Dr. Emily Carmody Soni was recruited to join the cancer research staff at University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Carmody will start the race on Saturday.
Tickets for the event are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Check in begins at 9 a.m. To register, sponsor or donate, visit www.steellillies.org