Ever since Janice Meyer’s diagnosis in 2018, she has been passionate in her commitment to raise funds and awareness of cholangiocarcinoma. Jan’s passion led to Delaware becoming the first state to declare February 12 as World Cholangiocarcinoma day in 2019. That same year, she and her husband, Dean, funded a grant with the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in the name of her mother, the “Margaret M. Brown Research Fellowship”.
In 2020, Jan and Dean decided to organize a 5k run/walk in their home of Wilmington, Delaware. Naming the event Quack Out Cholangio 5k to Crush Bile Duct Cancer, Jan and Dean rallied local businesses and received incredible community support. They collected prizes, giveaways, auction items, and even planned an after party at a local restaurant. Jan secured sponsorships from Incyte, Ernst & Young and KPMG. Months of meticulous planning was coming together for the March 28 5k. Everything was looking good until Covid-19 forced the race to be postponed until October 24. Without skipping a beat, the team switched the entire event to a virtual one. They ordered shirts and wristbands for all participants and shipped shirts to those who could not travel. In the end, the event raised more than $25,000. With 299 participants from 24 states, 3 provinces in Canada and 1 participant from Sweden, the event was an incredible success.
The second annual Quack Out Cholangio 5k run/walk is planned for May 15, 2021 and already has 320 registered participants. Interested participants can register at the link below for either an in-person or virtual 5k. All covid-19 guidelines will be followed for the in-person option. Participants will start in waves 1 minute apart to allow for social distancing. Face masks will be worn until the start of the race.
For more information, visit bit.ly/QuackOut