Moms of Burbank or MOB for short is an essential social support group for local moms and caregivers that hosts weekly playgroups, monthly service projects, parenting nights and has an active private online community. Earlier this year, member Pearl Wu was diagnosed with breast cancer and became the inspiration for an upcoming Halloween-themed 5K run in which MOB members will run to raise money for a nonprofit organization called Metavivor which funds research for Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.
MOB member Kathryn Kennedy organized the run which will take place on Saturday, October 30 at 9:00 am, with 25 members walking down Chandler Blvd in their Halloween costumes. The route will start and end at the corner of Mariposa and Chandler, with the halfway mark being between Screenland and Kenwood. The public is welcome to cheer on runners from the grass or on the way as long as traffic and trail laws are followed. For a map of the route visit https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/add_to_website/4676004865.
MOB Moms run to raise funds and awareness in honor of Pearl Wu and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “We welcome all donations, 100% of which go directly to our fundraising benefactor, Metavivor. Donations can be made through our fundraising page https://donate.metavivor.org/fundraiser/3436914“said Kennedy.” Pearl has chosen our fundraising benefactor, Metavivor. This is a special and unique non-profit organization that gives 100% of its donations to fund breast cancer research stage IV metastatic disease.This is usually a diagnosis that cannot be survived, but only 2-5% of funds raised for breast cancer research are used to understand metastatic breast cancer and find ways to extend the lives of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and friends who are patients with metastatic breast cancer.
One of the group members, Rhiannon Clark, is a certified running trainer and has donated her time designing running programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced participants. Clark has been running workouts twice a week as well as strength training sessions for the last two months leading up to Saturday’s race. “Rhiannon Clark has an infectious enthusiasm for everything, and running is one of his passions,” adds Kennedy. “Our community bond has been further strengthened thanks to fitness! “
Rhiannon Clark, who is currently training for the LA Marathon in March, was instrumental in preparing moms for Saturday’s 5k. “I love to run and I really believe that anyone can learn to love to run and have fun going those miles,” said Clark. “I’ve been there and shown everyone the good form they should be in running. I’m so proud of the women who showed up every week and learned how to run well and now love to run. I can’t wait to see these women cross the finish line at this 5k, especially the ones this is their first race, and they came out pretending not to be a runner.
MOB member Kelly Watson will participate in Saturday’s race and help spread the word through social media groups. “I started running early in Covid to help with mental health. It changed life. I have really learned to love running and I am thrilled to be running for a good cause, ”said Watson.
You can support the Moms of Burbank group by donating to Metavivor via the link above and sharing the link with your friends and family.