The Kelly Golat Memorial started as a 5K and family event in 2003. The Golat family continued to host the event annually and welcome new runners and friends to the celebration of Kelly through 2017, marking the 15th anniversary of the event. SInce its inception, all registration dollars and donations have been used to support melanoma research and a scholarship to a graduating Notre Dame High School senior who embodied all of the warm, loving, intelligent, and selfless nature of Kelly.
This year, our organization was approached by Christine Uporsky, a mother from our community and 18-year survivor from Stage 4 melanoma. Christine asked us to be the beneficiary of her birthday wish, to have friends and family donate money in her name to a charitable cause. To say we are humbled by this gesture is an understatement. To Christine: thank you for thinking of us and thinking of others. To those who contribute: thank you, too, for celebrating Christine's birthday with us.