Cape Gazette

Race for the Ribbon brings out ties that bind from Rehoboth to Afghanistan

By Dave Frederick | Jul 25, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick The extended MacLeish family members gathered for the Race for the Ribbon 5K. In back (l-r) are Tom MacLeish; Eric Seifert; Ryan MacLeish; Sean MacLeish; Wiliam Baker; Rich Seifert; Tom MacLeish holding Danny MacLeish Jr.; Hugo Voogd; Lynn Baker; Linda MacLeish-Jensen; and Danny MacLeish; middle row, Krista Seifert, Amanda Kilby, Sarah Kilby and Patrick Kilby; kneeling in front, Brad Bivins, Maddy Beron, Cam Kilby, Sharon Seifert, Patty Bivins, Caty Beron and Bob Beron.

The Race for the Ribbon 5K held July 20 had two starting lines. One was at the head of Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth; the other was in Afghanistan. But the cause was the same to raise funds for cancer research, to heighten awareness, showing that not only soldiers  can bring the fight to this medical menace, and also to offer support for those currently on the front lines and and remembrance to those who have fought the fight.

Tom MacLeish, a retired Delaware State Police colonel and longtime supporter of Delaware Special Olympics, lost his little sister Chrissy to breast cancer two years ago. Tom's son Danny is serving in Afghanistan, and he and 10 members of the the Delaware National Guard's 153rd Military Police Company ran the Race for the Ribbon in honor of Danny's aunt, Chrissy MacLeish Baker. The MacLeish clan had 21 people in the race.

Another well-known local Cape family dealing with breast cancer is the Bartleys, as Erin, the wife of Terry and mother of Kevin, Bo and Meg, was diagnosed more than a year ago. In her own words:

"I know it broke my heart just thinking about  telling the kids I had cancer  and their struggle with it. And I couldn't fix it for them. But I have been  so touched by their actions during all of this and amazed by their strength. It makes me stronger. They have taken turns coming to my chemo treatments. Kevin, who works in New York and has faithfully called me every day to check in, said to me one day,  'Mom, you have always taken care of us; now you need to let us take care of you.' I cried. It has been great to have Meg and Bo home all summer. And Terry...what can I say...he has been amazing. My rock."

The race attracted 255 runners and was won by Josh Forlds in 16:12. The women's race was won by Amanda Rickert in 19:25.

The  Race for the Ribbon began as a tribute to Stephanie Shuttleworth’s mom, Nancy L. Hendershot, who endured a long, hard battle with breast cancer. "Now, our family is motivated to help another as they go through their own difficult time," says Shuttleworth.

Danny MacLeish, right foreground, runs the Race for the Ribbon in Afghanistan. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
The Race for the Ribbon rolls down Wilmington Avenue. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Walkers support the cause and the race. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meg Bartley took her earnings from working a lacrosse camp and donated them to the American Cancer Society. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Bo Bartley, No. 63, runs the race for his mom Erin. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Josh Forlds wins the race in 16:12. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Nick Rotz runs 16:20, the fastest second place of the summer. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Brian Shepherd, 47, a high school principal from Indiana, won the masters in 17:39. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Amanda Rickert, 18, is the reigning Delaware  state champion in the 3,200. Amanda won the women's race in 19:25. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tom MacLeish carries a U.S. Army flag as he pushes his grandson across the finish line. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Erin Hall Handley, No. 3869, and her family show their support  of the cause. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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