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Coolray Field to host 5K race

LAWRENCEVILLE — Just a few days before the Gwinnett Braves begin a new season, Coolray Field will play host to a contest with no losers.

On March 26, a 5K race dubbed “Scamper Against Cancer” will start and finish at Coolray. All the proceeds raised will go toward helping the family of Ansley Arnette, a seventh-grader from Lawrenceville with an incredibly rare type of brain tumor.

Rob Goldsmith, a neighbor of the Arnettes and the organizer of the event, got the idea after a few of Ansley’s friends held a bake sale in her honor last August.

“It has exploded into a very big event,” Goldsmith said.

Ansley’s tumor is an incurable one that covers the entire right side of her brain, called a diffuse infiltrating astrocytoma. It is so rare that doctors told the Arnettes there had only been a dozen or so documented cases in the last 20 years.

The 5K, as well as a fun run, will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the home of the Gwinnett Braves, 2500 Buford Drive in Lawrenceville. Local state legislators Buzz Brockway and Renee Untermann, as well as representatives from radio station 101.5 FM, are scheduled to appear, Goldsmith said.

To register, donate or for more information, visit www.scamperagainstcancer.blogspot.com.