7th Annual Bubby's Race - Sunday, May 28

The 7th annual Bubby's Race will be hosted on Sunday, May 28, at the Ewing Football Field. The event is during Ewing's annual Funfest weekend and includes a 5K run and 1-mile walk.

The event was started in memory of the late Beverly "Bubby" Thramer, 46, a native of Ewing who passed away from breast cancer in 2010.

"Her death was sudden and not expected. We have a big, close family. After her death we were trying to decide what to do with the remaining contributions. We all wanted to do something to give back to the community and that is how we came up with the race," said her niece Makala Peed.

A Circle of Hope kicks off the event recognizing those who have beaten cancer.

"We try to give a feeling of togetherness. Cancer is a tough thing so we try to make this event fun for the families and survivors," Peed said.

Last year more than 200 people participated in the event that donates all the proceeds to cancer treatment at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill and Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh.

"This is our way of passing on what a great and caring person she was," she said. "It has been amazing to see all the support we have gotten from the surrounding communities. We certainly could not do it without all of them."

Avera St. Anthony's Hospital President and CEO Todd Consbruck said Bubby's Race is another great example of community engagement.

"As Nebraskans, we know quite well how the people of our state come out to support great causes, and we are thankful to all who contribute to this effort to maintain and strengthen the care we provide," he said. "Every contribution, whether financial or in volunteer time, will go to help families in need. That's part of what makes our state and the communities in our part of it so amazing."

Darcey Shabram, manager of the chemotherapy department at St. Anthony's says the donations received from the event have helped replace items such as chairs, equipment and items the patients may need while going through treatment.

"We always appreciate every time they donate to the department. We are able to update and replace items our patients may need," she said.

Registration is $15 and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. A freewill donation breakfast will be served at the Ewing Fire Hall following the event.

For more information, contact Makala Peed at 712-389-2124 or Phil Thramer at 402-640-5750.