She may be 15 years old, but Alexandria (Alee) Becker is a fundraising expert. On August 24, her Peace Love Cure 5K returned to Lebanon, but this time there was a twist.
“We moved it to August, and we knew it was going to be hot, so we hosted it at night,” said Alee, whose grandmother, Sharon Brown, lost a battle with breast cancer a few years ago. Since then, Alee has honored her “Gamee” with the annual event at Harke Park.
“Alee took something horrific and turned it into a positive thing for our family,” explained Alee’s mother, Lori Becker. “It’s a wonderful tribute that also helps other cancer patients deal with this awful disease.”
The last two Peace Love Cure 5Ks raised more than $18,000. Proceeds benefited Mercy Health Foundation and the Curry Cancer Center. The money pays for things like transportation to appointments, wigs and nutritional support.
“We’d also like to help the hospital get an outdoor courtyard with comfortable seating where patients and their families can sit in good weather. It’s something people there have been wanting for a while,” added Alee, who has become a familiar face in town. She was recently named a Hometown Hero by the American Red Cross. “That helped get the word out about the 5K and we saw a big increase in participants.”
This year’s theme was “Glow for a Cure" at the usual spot: Harke Park, located at 2901 National St. in Lebanon. "I can say it was our biggest event to date," said Lori Becker. "I think the glow concept really brought more people out. I was afraid the heat would stop people, but it didnt."