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Shanerock Rallies 'Cats, Community

The second annual Shanerock run attracted nearly 1,300 runners and netted more than $30,000 to support families struggling with pediatric brain cancer.

A warm and muggy Sunday morning in Cleveland brought more than 1,300 people together at Saint Ignatius to support a common cause: helping families struggling with pediatric brain cancer.

The second annual Shanerock run, hosted on Sunday, September 24, by Running with the Cats, raised more than $30,000 to assist families in need.

Shanerock is a foundation established by Amy and Eric Haddad '94 as a way to give back and aid families who must shoulder a burden of medical expenses for their children who have brain cancer. The story begins with the Haddad's son, Shane, who was diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer in 2010 when he was 3 years old.

"Shanerock really was born by the community giving as much to us, and really empowering us then to turn and give back to them," Eric Haddad says.

Running with the Cats is a student organization at Saint Ignatius that helps people who have special needs through the shared hobby of running. The partnership between Running with the Cats and Shanerock allows Saint Ignatius students to live out the motto of Men for Others through helping two communities in need.

A huge thank you to all who came out for this year's Shanerock run and all who support this very important cause!