“Up until six years ago, I was one of the lucky ones,” says David Richter, co-chair of the Everyday Amazing Race. “My immediate family had never been touched by cancer.” Then, in 2011, Richter’s brother, Jake, was diagnosed with stage 3B melanoma and received treatment at the MGH Cancer Center.

When Brian Sheehan’s mom was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, his family also came to the MGH Cancer Center for care. “I am so grateful to the Cancer Center for the gift of my mom,” says Sheehan, who serves as co-chair of the Everyday Amazing Race. “Today my mom is an active 75 year old who remains cancer-free.”

To recognize and thank the teams who treated and cared for their families, Richter and Sheehan became involved with planning and supporting the inaugural Everyday Amazing Race, which raises funds for the Cancer Center. The family friendly race begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Hatch Shell and will run along the Charles River Esplanade. Events include a 5K run, 2K walk and a 100-yard kids’ dash. A pancake breakfast by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston will follow.

All proceeds directly support cancer research and care at the MGH Cancer Center. For more information, visit www.everydayamazingrace.org.

This article was originally published in the 07/21/17 Hotline issue.