Why the Monroe County Undersheriff won’t stop running

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Deputy Sheriff Korey Brown of Monroe County will be running a 5K every day for the entire month of September to thank you and raise money for the CURE Childhood Cancer Association.

“As many people know, my grandson was diagnosed with cancer twice before he was three years old,” Brown said. “CURE Childhood Cancer Awareness was just so incredibly helpful. I was trying to think of something I could give back.”

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In September, along with nine other people who work for the Sheriff’s Office, run a 5K every day, Brown said, then posted a photo of a child that day on Facebook and Twitter, asking for donations to CURE for the families they sponsor.

Kara Gielenfeldt is Brown’s administrative assistant at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. She also hopes to make a difference.

“I also work for a company called Usborne Books and More and they’re doing a fundraiser where I can get money and get a teddy bear and a book combo to give to kids with cancer,” Gielenfeldt said.

Undersheriff Brown calls his grandson Joel a walking miracle. Brown said that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is a life-changing moment for everyone in that child’s life.

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“If you’ve never experienced it, you don’t really understand how life-changing this event is when your child is diagnosed with cancer,” Brown said. “My daughter, I think, has lived in the hospital for a total of 10 months.”

Brown says that if one parent lives in the hospital with a child and the other parent is at home with the other children, they help with things like mowing the lawn or help with extra payments you have to make because you miss work, or simply give parking tickets. so when people come to visit you.

“They really fill that hole that you don’t even realize exists until you get there,” Brown said. “They are constantly coming by to see what support you need and how they can point you in the right direction. They are really a bright spot when you are having a hard time.”

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Gielenfeldt has witnessed the impact of CURE’s kindness. “It’s just nice that they have a support system that’s there and helpful. They are just really great. I loved working with them with the Undersheriff because they are just so helpful and friendly people,” she said.

The fundraiser runs until the end of September. To donate, visit Korey Brown’s Facebook page, his Twitter @usbrownmcso, or visit curekidscancer.com/donate.

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