weSpark’s Run/Walk Race Director (and creator) Anton Maillie recently lead the 4th Annual weSpark 10k Run held November 4th, and the outcome was astonishing: over $150,000 dollars raised!
The race is now a yearly non-profit event for weSpark Cancer Support Group, an organization whose mission is to enhance not only the lives of cancer patients, but the lives of their families and friends as well. The charity offers programs centered around social interaction, where expressions of hopes and fears are welcomed and encouraged. Overall, their goal is to “heal mind, body and spirit of all affected by cancer.” - wespark.org
The race, held at the Universal Backlot, became a dream of the marathon runner after his mother lost her own battle with cancer. Anton was able to make it into a reality in 2009 after teaming up with weSpark’s director, Nancy Allen, and gaining the support and sponsorship from community members of the Los Angeles area.
His efforts - along with thousands of others - paid off. Together the community has raised over $400,000 for weSpark through this annual 10K race. Congratulations on seeing your vision fulfilled, Anton! Backyard is proud to be the first ever sponsor for the event, and we are thrilled to call you one of our own.