Dear BrockTrot Friends and Supporters,
Since we began planning our first BrockTrot in 2005, our mission has been clear, compassionate, and uplifting: we wanted to remember and honor our dear friend and family member Brock Wilkerson.
Each BrockTrot has marked a day of celebration in memory of our remarkable friend Brock, whom we lost in 2005 to a sudden and fast-moving cancer. Brock was 47 when he passed away, and experiencing the most fulfilling and rewarding time ofhis life as a working professional, community leader, husband, and dad. He was a fit and athletic man whose life was cut short by a variety of lung cancer that tragically claims the lives of nearly 24,000 non-smokers each year.
The BrockTrot has been a constant support for Brock's two lovely daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline, who are making their dad proud every day. Elizabeth will graduate in May from the University of Kansas and Caroline will finish her sophomore year at Emory University in Atlanta. Their father is most certainly keeping an eye on his wonderful daughters who carry on his memory.
The BrockTrot was also created to raise money in Brock's memory for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he received such excellent care.
Last August marked the roth anniversary of Brock's death, and September, our roth BrockTrot. In 10 years' time, we can say that we have made Brock proud. Proud that the annual event has donated $340,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; proud that the BrockTrot has provided a connection for Elizabeth and Caroline to their very special dad; and proud that the run celebrated his community values and lively spirit each fall. We have emulated Brock's love, spirit, and friendship.
Now, after much deliberation, the Wilkerson Family along with the BrockTrot Committee, has decided to retire the annual BrockTrot race, with great pride and certainty that Brock's memory will forever inspire all of us.
Although we will retire the race, we will not retire our efforts on behalf of Brock's memory or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute: BrockTrot has established an endowment fund being managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community foundation. The BrockTrot Committee will continue raising funds each year for the Brock Wilkerson Memorial Cancer Fund.
Every year, we were thrilled to see the continued success of our race. Your constant support was the reason the BrockTrot was as successful as it was. Thank you for all you do for our community, and in memory of Brock Wilkerson.
Live Large. Run Fast.
P.S. Although the BrockTrot will officially retire, a new and different race is reportedly in the works for the same weekend in September-keep your running shoes on and join in on the fun.
Brock Wilkerson was an inspiration to his friends and family long before he was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 45. He began running in his early 40's and completed 13 marathons, 3 of which he ran with stage 4 lung cancer. Read more...
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. A significant number of lung cancer patients have never smoked; 15% of men, 20% of women.
Your contributions help support the innovative studies and clinical trials at Dana-Farber which will one day help make Thoracic Cancer history. Thank You!