This October, the Get Well Gabby Foundation will be hosting two fundraiser events in Phoenixville. The foundation was formed in memory of Gabby Vogel, the five-year-old Phoenixville girl who lost her fight with a rare form of brain cancer in September 2011. Proceeds from both events will go to benefit the mission of the foundation which aims to help cancer research, as well as helping families who are battling a childhood cancer diagnosis.
The first event will be the third annual “Going the Distance for Gabby 5k Run/Walk” which will be held Sun. Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at the National Christian Conference Center in Valley Forge. It is an all-terrain course which includes both blacktop and wooded areas. The walk/run is open to all ages, and anyone can register for the event. This year there is the option to enter the run as a team. The team who raises to most money will be recognized with an award after the race.
The second event is the “Carnival for the Cure” at Reeves Park which runs on Fri. Oct. 11 from 6-10 p.m., Sat. Oct. 12 from 1-10 p.m. and to Sun. Oct. 13 from 1-5p.m. Wristbands and tickets will be available. Activities at the carnival will include amusement rides, games, food vendors, and entertainment including a local magician, a photo booth, bands on stage and a DJ.
Gabby’s mother, Carolynn Vogel, said they originally got the idea of holding an annual event in Phoenixville, during Gabby’s fight.
“We had said at one point when Gabby had been fighting and the community really rallied around us (that) we really wanted to do something in the Phoenixville community every year something that was going to be good, big. This is the event that we want to have there every year (to) thank our community for all the support that they gave us,