Mary Kate Hartmann will raise the American flag marking the beginning of this year's Bud Run for Charity.
The Baldwinsville native was chosen to honor her late fianc (c), Evan Schoeberlein.
"Last year I asked Evan to do the honors, but unfortunately, he was going to be in Boston that day having surgery for a recurrence of Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer usually found in children and young adults," said Susan Bertrand, founder of Maureen's Hope Foundation. "I told Evan that if Maureen's Hope was the recipient the following year in 2008, the honor was his."
Despite his initial diagnosis, Evan was an inspiration. He went on to graduate from the University of Rochester with a degree in biology. He also fell in love and became engaged to Hartmann.
"His courage, strength and vision of hope represented everything our foundation is about," Bertrand said. "Evan endured chemotherapy treatments throughout this past year and had hoped his battle was won. He sent the foundation a thank you note for the support we were able to offer him throughout his journey and he wrote 'P.S. I will see you at the Bud Run!'"
As it turned out, Maureen's Hope was again chosen as this year's recipient and Evan was going to raise this year's flag. Sadly, he passed away on July 24 at the young age of 25.
"I always say our vision of hope is not just about achieving a desired outcome, it is about the journey, the day to day experiences. Evan's journey was filled with hope and his fianc (c) Mary Kate, will raise the flag at this years Bud Run in his memory and in memory of all those battling a courageous fight with cancer," Bertrand said.
Bertrand first met Evan when she delivered a Basket of Hope and Comfort to him.