The time has come to make another giant leap for mankind.

For mankind. And womankind. And every human being, young or old or in between, who will ever face the daunting challenge of brain cancer. If we can send rockets to the moon, to Mars, to Jupiter and beyond, there’s no reason why we can’t also hit brain cancer with everything we’ve got.

In August 2014, Cataloochee Ranch launched the Richard’s Run 5K race in memory of Richard Coker, a beloved member of the Ranch family, who lost his battle with brain cancer in December 2013. Thanks to an outpouring of support from donors and volunteers, the race event raised a two-year total of more than $12,000 for donation to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center. We’d call that success, by any measure.

But Richard’s Run also led us in a slightly unexpected direction: to the realization, fueled by the popularity of last year’s silent auction, that there might be an even better way to get where we wanted to be.

You’re Invited: August 5, 2016 at Cataloochee Ranch.

Richard’s Gala will be a special gala evening on Friday, August 5, with dinner and a live/silent auction at the main Ranch house. The event will still be in memory of Richard Coker. But our hope is that, by letting us allocate our resources more effectively, it will help us raise even more money for brain cancer research. In short, our ultimate goal hasn’t changed at all; we’ll just be getting there by a slightly different route.

August 6, 2016: Richard’s 5K Fun Run/Walk.

Of course, the exhilaration of Richard’s Run will not be forgotten. The weekend’s events will also include a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning, August 6. No, we won’t have all the bells and whistles of last year’s race. But the 5K course, across the mile-high meadows and along the forest trails of Cataloochee Ranch, will still have your pulse racing right along with your feet.

Please be there. Even if you can’t be there in person.

Space will be limited for Richard’s Gala, so don’t forget to call the Ranch at (828) 926-1401 to make your reservations. Tickets for the gala are $75 and include dinner. The entry fee for the 5K Fun Run on Saturday is just $10 and can be paid on arrival.

Even if you can’t make it, you can still help. Sponsors and volunteers will be welcome. In fact, we can’t do this without you.

So please join us, and help us make this gala event and 5K really count. For the thousands of families affected by brain cancer. And for Richard.

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Proceeds from Richard’s Gala & Fun Run
benefit Duke University’s Tisch Brain Tumor Center.