With two very successful events to her credit, Lebanon teenager Alee Becker has handed over her second fundraising check to the Mercy Health Foundation.
Becker was just 13 years old when she learned her “Gamee,” Sharon Brown, would not beat her latest cancer diagnosis. So, Alee organized the first Peace Love Cure 5K to raise money to fight cancer. Her first race raised more than $8,000, which Mercy used to help families that are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Becker expanded the event this past April to include a vendor village, along with the run and a silent auction. This time, she raised $9,006 for the Curry Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital Lebanon.
“Even though Alee’s Gamee has been gone since July 2012, her desire to help cancer patients continues to strengthen,” said Alee’s mother, Lori Becker. “At Alee’s young age, she realizes how devastating this horrible disease can be to so many people. She doesn’t want someone to suffer without their Gamee, or mom, or sister or friend like so many of us have because of cancer.”
Photo cutline, left to right: Eric Becker, Lori Becker, Alee Becker, Claudia Becker, Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Philanthropy, Judy O'Connor-Snyder, vice president of Nursing, Mike Gillen, president of Mercy Hospital Lebanon.