Grandmother’s battle with brain cancer inspires inaugural Mimosa March

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On Thanksgiving Day, residents of the Village of WestClay will trade turkey for something a bit stronger to raise money and awareness for brain tumor research and treatments.

The inaugural Mimosa March is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at the Meeting House in the Village of WestClay, 2000 N. New Market St. Participants can walk or run a 1-mile course and enjoy a mimosa or glass of orange juice.

Parker Maiers

The march is the brainchild of a young neighborhood resident, Parker Maiers, a sixth-grade student at Creekside Middle School.

“Parker wanted to find a way to bring awareness to brain cancer and the tremendous need for research after his grandmother, Nancy Maiers’, January 2019 glioblastoma diagnosis,” said Sally Cutler, director of communications and resident services for the Village or WestClay. “He envisioned the Mimosa March as a way to share a Maiers’ Thanksgiving tradition.

“Each year, the Maiers family visits friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving morning and shares mimosas as a way to give thanks for friendships.”

Now, the family tradition has spread through the community.

Nancy Maiers

“Many Village of WestClay residents have rallied together to be part of the event and show their support,” Cutler said. “Proceeds will benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. So far, nearly $14,000 has been raised – more than the (original) $10,000 goal. More funds are needed, however, to extend lifespans and make brain tumors a more manageable disease.”

Parker, 12, and his grandmother plan to participate in the event.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with the march beginning an hour later. All participants will receive a T-shirt and mimosa with their $30 registration fee. Kids 10 and younger may participate for free. Additional donations and donor levels are available. For more or to register, visit tinyurl.com/MimosaMarch2019.

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