Monday, September 26, 2011

A Very Special Event: Du for a Cause

Hello, friends!  I'm excited to share news about an upcoming event organized by my sister-in-law, Sue Scott.  Sue recently started an organization called DU for a Cause.  "DU" is short for duathlon--a kids' run, bike, run event--that Sue plans to hold every year to raise money for children in need.  This year's DU is being held on October 22nd in Bernardston, Massachusetts.   

Sue and her husband Tom live in Western Massachusetts with their four very active kids.  She and I chatted this past week about the DU, and I thought I'd spread the word here on The Magpie's Fancy in case there are any local readers with kids who would like to participate, or folks who live far away but would like to donate to DU for a Cause.  Read on for my interview with Sue:

Why did you choose to make this annual event a duathlon, and why for kids?

Our kids have been interested in triathlons and duathlons, and we realized there weren't any in our area.  To get kids involved in this kind of event is important because it teaches them that they can all help make a difference in a child's life.  I wanted my kids to know that they play an important role in other people's lives, and participating in the DU will give them the opportunity to do good things for others.

I know that this year's DU is dedicated to helping Dylan Snow and his family.  Can you tell us a little bit about Dylan?

Dylan is a 2-year-old boy who lives in Bernardston, Massachusetts, and he has been at Boston Childrens' Hospital since January 2011.  Really, the scary part is that doctors don't know what Dylan has.  Many doctors from all around the world have been working on him and his situation. 

Dylan Snow

What has the community's response been like to the DU for Dylan so far?

We are starting to get registrations in, and sponsors have been extremely supportive to get this moving.  We have a lot of volunteers, and many businesses have donated items for the DU.

Can people contribute to the DU for Dylan if they don't have kids or if they live too far away for their kids to participate?

YES!  Donations are very much appreciated.  You can make checks payable to Sue Scott, with DU for a Cause in the memo line.  Donations can be sent to Sue Scott, 167 West Rd,  Bernardston, MA 01337.

What do you envision for the future of DU for a Cause?  

My wish is that in the future over 100 children will participate in the DU with the hope that they will know that by running and biking their way through a course they are helping a child in need.  I want children to know that they can make a difference in others' lives, not just their parents, but kids can DU IT!!

If you live in the Bernardston, Massachusetts, area and have kids who would like to participate in this year's DU for a Cause, here's more information about the event and how to register:

Date and Time: Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 12:00 noon
Location: Pioneer Valley Regional High School, Northfield, Massachusetts
Registration Fee (includes and T-shirt): By October 11, $10/child, After October 11, $15/child

Age Groups and Distances: Children will run and bike the following distances:
5 and under: run 1/4 mile, bike 1/2 mile, run 1/4 mile
6 & 7: run 1/4 mile, bike 1 mile, run 1/4 mile
8 & 9: run 1/2 mile, bike 1 mile, run 1/2 mile
10 & 11: run 1/2 mile, bike 2 miles, run 1/2 mile
12 & 13: run 3/4 mile, bike 2 1/2 miles, run 3/4 mile
14 and up: run 1 mile, bike 3 miles, run 1 mile

To register, send the entry fee, along with the information below to Sue Scott, 167 West Rd., Bernardston, MA 01337.  Registration on the day of the race will begin at 10:30.

Please include this information with your entry fee:
Child's name
Age (on day of race)
Phone Number
Emergency contact name and number during DU
Child's nickname
T-shirt size (CM CL AS AM AL)

For more information, you can contact race organizer Sue Scott at 1-413-522-4980.
You can also like DU for a Cause on FaceBook to help spread the word!


  1. Dearest Gigi,

    What a worthwhile cause that serves both ways. The children will benefit tremendously from being aware of the need for standin up for others!
    Great photos from the same girl above and below; well done.

    Wishing Sue all the best in this noble case.
    Love to you,


  2. Thanks for your wonderfully supportive comment, Mariette! Thanks, too, for your comment about the photos. I took those of one of my nieces at a triathlon she participated in over the summer. It was a wonderful event, and I know how much all the kids involved really loved participating, which is one of the reasons why I think this duathlon is such a good idea!

    xo Gigi

  3. What a wonderful thing to organize. So many of us have good intentions and don't do anything with them. It must be really rewarding to actually follow through and make a difference!

  4. It sounds like a fabulous cause! Congrats to your sis in law for starting such a wonderful organization that shows kids how they can make a difference too! xxoo :)

  5. In the hospital since Jan and they don't know why??? I can't even imagine how I would cope with something like that!

    So wonderful to be involving children ...I am sure it helps them to feel a part of the cure...Your sister in law is certainly special:)

  6. What a great thing for your sister in law to organize and I am sure the kids will like being able to contribute to helping another child.

  7. Kids love getting involved to help other kids. This is wonderful. All the best!


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