Brandon's 4th annual Testicular Cancer Awareness Run/Walk and spaghetti supper will be held Nov. 17 and 18 in memory of Brandon Ballard, who lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2008.|
Mr. Ballard, who was 19 when he died, wanted to educate teen boys about testicular health. After his death, "Brandon's Law" was passed in Illinois, mandating that sports physicals include a testicular exam and health classes include a section on cancer education.
Proceeds from the events will go towards educating young teens across Illinois about cancer, focusing on testicular cancer, with $500 set aside for the Brandon Ballard scholarship, which go to a senior basketball player at Rockridge High School.
Ducky's Lagoon in Andalusia will sponsor the spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 17. It includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a soft drink for $8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Nov. 18, Rockridge High School will host the two-mile run/walk, which starts and ends at the high school. The event, which falls on what would have been Brandon's 23rd birthday, will start at 2 p.m. Late registration and packet pick up will be available from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The $20 fee includes a short-sleeved shirt, with long-sleeved shirts available for an extra $5.
For a registration form or more information, visit forever44brandon.wix.com/bmbf. Completed forms canbe dropped off at Rockridge High School or mailed to P.O. Box 144 Taylor Ridge, Ill. 61284.