A Monster Dash is planned for Saturday, October 19th at Oakland Town Pavilion which will include a 1 mile Walk and 5K Run to raise money for Cindy’s Fund, a local organization dedicated to helping end and alleviate the pain and heartache of cancer and extending survivorship by pursuing early screening and evaluation for Garrett County cancer victims through the Garrett County Health Department. Cindy’s Fund also covers miscellaneous expenses not covered by insurance for those in need, such as gas cards, hotel stays and medical/nutritional supplies.

The 5K Run and 1K Walk is open to all ages and a Monster Dash will be available for kids age nine and under. All children will be given a gift bag. Each runner will wear a rope belt with three red flags draped over the back. Monsters will be scattered throughout the race course and they will try to grab the flags of the runners. There will be a prize given to the zombie who gets the most flags as well as to the winners of both the 5K and the one mile walk. Registration for the event begins at 4 PM with the race starting at 5 PM.

There is a $25 registration fee ($30 day of event) which includes a T-shirt, flashlight, Glow bracelet and belt with neon material for the race. Registration is $30 the day of the event. The evening will also include food, games and performances throughout the event.

Cindy’s Fund is also hosting a Cake Decorating Contest for this event so get your decorating ideas together!. Registration for the cakes will be between 4pm and 5pm in the Pavilion. All cakes must be monster themed and everything on the cake must be edible except the supports. Organizers are asking participants to bring a small tasting cake like a cupcake made the same as the decorated cake but just with icing and no decorations.

Cindy’s Fund memorializes Cindy Kutchman, a wife, mother and active contributor to the civic life of Garrett County. She was trained as a registered nurse who cared for cancer patients and helped establish early cancer screening in Garrett County. Cindy became a cancer victim herself at an early age. During that time, while she waged a ferocious battle against a remorseless disease, she remained a shining example of courage, hope and compassion for others. Her death caused a great loss, not just to her family and to her profession, but a loss to the entire community. Cindy knew that the best way to defeat cancer is to detect it early. After her death, The Cindy’s Fund was founded to do just that for Garrett County residents.

Cindy’s twin sister, Sandy Bell, is the President of Cindy’s Fund and has been instrumental in making Cindy’s Fund’s mission statement a reality.

For information about this event, visit the Cindy’s Fund page on Facebook or contact Mandy Shaffer at 301-616-6709. For general information about Cindy’s Fund itself or to donate, email cindysfund@gmail.com or visit their website at cindysfund.org.