By Joe McConnell/Wicked Local Marblehead

Running for a Cure was created in Feb. 2010, in honor of Nolan Raimo’s father — Charlie Raimo,Nolan Raimo who passed away from colon cancer after a two-year battle.  Nolan is a track star in the Marblehead High School program.

The fundraiser collected $18,000 in two years for Mass. General Hospital’s Cancer Clinic, where Charlie received chemotherapy for over 18 months. But when the battle began to take a toll on Charlie’s body, he resided in the care of All-Care Hospice that truly did an outstanding job.

The mission of Running For A Cure is to raise money for All Care Hospice. Nolan plans to raise funds in different ways, including pledges on his performance in the Decathlon, a raffle, wristbands and general donations. He has a goal of $15,000 — an ambitious task, but achievable.

All Care Hospice is an incredible organization, which has helped so many families. Who wants to call hospice? Nobody, and Charlie was no exception. He, like anyone, didn’t want to face the inevitable.

However, hospice did come into the Raimo family’s life, and made it easier to cope during an incredibly trying time.

Nolan set out this year to raise the aforementioned $15,000 in order to thank All Care Hospice for its efforts in helping out not only his family, but also every other family they have helped through the process.

Running For A Cure’s big night will be held at Hungry Betty’s on Tuesday, May 22. Fifteen percent of all checks will be donated to Running For A Cure. Also, raffle tickets and wristbands will be sold at the dinner. Raffle tickets will be sold through June 8, when a winner is drawn.

The raffle tickets are one for $5, three for $10 and eight for $20. The raffle includes six categories: Shop Marblehead, Marblehead Workout, Eat Marblehead, Marblehead Beauty, Sports and a Family Vacation of three to five nights to Disney World (hotel only, no airfare or park tickets).

Wristbands are one for $3, two for $5, and five for $10.

Pledges accepted

Pledges are based upon Nolan’s performance at the EMass Decathlon, which will be held June 4-5 at Burlington High School. Nolan is projected to score between 5,500 to 6,000 points. Basic pledges include one penny per point — a $55 to $60 donation or one penny per two points — a $27.50 to $30 donation.

Email Nolan@running-for-a-cure.com with pledges, or visit the Web site at www.running-for-a-cure.com to make direct donations and for more information. All donations are tax refundable —check out the Web site for the tax ID number.

See you at Hungry Betty’s on May 22 to begin the fundraising drive.