By Allison Collins
BAINBRIDGE – Last Saturday’s ‘Glow Run,’ held in General Clinton Park to benefit 34-year-old cancer patient and Bainbridge native Bob Jinks, was a huge success, organizers said.
Planned for the third time by cancer survivor and Jinks’ B-G classmate Heather Bucalos, the event drew 200 registered runners and walkers as well as many vendors and visitors.
On Wednesday, Bucalos said, total funds raised by the run were not yet known, as donations and run registration fees are still coming in. In a previous statement, Bucalos said, she was hoping to g
enerate roughly $2,000 toward Jinks’ ongoing medical costs.
Jinks, a Class of 2002 graduate, husband and father of two young daughters, was diagnosed with a rare form of neuro-endocrine carcinoma earlier this year. Before receiving the diagnosis, Jinks was employed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in Syracuse.
In a written statement, Bob’s wife Laura Jinks said, Saturday’s sellout event proved bolstering.
“It gave our family a lot of encouragement that we are still being supported and thought of, as we head into (the fourth month) of this chapter,” she said. “I was extremely happy with everyone that came and supported and supported from afar. I grew up in a military family, and don’t have the deep-rooted connections Bob and his family have, but since the first time I visited Bainbridge, even before I met Bob, I’ve felt at home and welcome in the community.”
“It warms my heart that people came from all over for this event,” she added.