Cool – a brain injury walk/run in Maine! They’ll show that they #NeverStop and #ConquerABI

Mindy Forino suffered a devastating head injury in 2010 and is turning her struggles with the experience into hope and help for others.

“All Things Become New, Inc.,” whose aim is to educate people about brain injuries and support brain injury patients and their caregivers, will hold a St. Patty’s Day 5k/10k Run & Walk fundraiser to benefit the non-profit organization.

CompetitorME is hosting the event with the support of the Fort Kent Community High School National Honor Society.

Suzanne Morneault of Eagle Lake and her daughter, Mindy Forino of Fort Kent, launched All Things Become New in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury Forino suffered when she took a hit while participating in a college soccer game in 2010.

The organization maintains a support group for caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injuries in Fort Kent, and plans to add support groups in Caribou and Presque Isle. In addition, All Things Become New operates the “Haven of Rest” home in Eagle Lake to provide respite for caregivers.

The race will take place on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at Fort Kent Community High School. Child care will be available in the gymnasium. Organizers will also sell pizza, popcorn and drinks at the event to help raise funds for All Things Become New.

The race will start and finish at the high school, but those who wish to support the fundraiser can also register as “virtual” participants.

“You can run the race with us right from the comforts of you community or even your home,” Morneault said in a press release. “All you have to do is register, then post a picture afterwards.”

Winning racers of each age group, male and female, will receive prizes.

The cost to register for the 5k Run & Walk is $10 for persons 17 and under and $15 for those 18 and older. There is a $25 registration fee for all who participate in the 10k Run. The cost for adults to register will increase after February 15. Virtual participants can register for $35, until March 1.

Participants who register before Feb. 13 will each receive a free “I’m Not Crazy” T-shirt. The shirts will also be available for $10 each on the day of the race.

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