Registration is open for the Om Memorial 5K Run and 1-mile walk taking place on May 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Thompson Park in Monroe.
The event is organized in memory of childhood cancer victim Om Parikh to raise funds to support the charitable services of the Om Foundation.
During his three years as a student at the Monroe Township Middle School, Om Parikh was well-loved and popular. His teachers said there wasn’t a single child who didn’t know him. This love and popularity were evident at the Thompson park event last year when nearly 1,500 people participated in a 5K Run and 1-mile walk in memory of the 13-year-old who lost his battle to brain cancer in February 2018.
Last year’s Om Memorial event was organized by Monroe Indians for Civic Action (MICA) with support from local organizations, Monroe Township Schools, municipality and Middlesex County. The day opened with Om’s favorite songs sung by students, a poster session on cancer awareness by Monroe Township Middle School, message from Mayor Gerald Tamburro, teaching staff and principal of Middle School, school district superintendent, Om’s Family and friends. The Middle School Chorus sang the National Anthem.
The Om Foundation supports various programs and initiatives that bring smiles, positive attitudes, and the power of perseverance to school age children. It supports youth development and community engagement. The Om Foundation also provides financial and other assistance to children fighting cancer, as well as support for education and research that helps prevent or terminate childhood cancer.