Archery event aims to support cancer research
The fifth annual Aim for a Cure Archery Shoot and Color Run/Walk will take place in August.
The event begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. An indoor archery tournament begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Bucks and Bulls Archery, 3296 Church St., Stevens Point.
Registration for the run or walk is $25, for the archery tournament is $20 or to register for both cost $40. Registration is available at Bucks and Bulls Archery up until the day of the event. For more information on registration or to receive an email with information, contact organizer Laura Lauer at [email protected] or call 715-340-0671.
When Lauer began working at Marshfield Clinic, she saw a need to raise awareness about clinical research trials that develop cancer treatments as well as increase funding to continue cancer research – including the clinical trials – in central Wisconsin. After the first year, she learned the event meant even more on a personal level.
“I realized that setting this up really brought my family together and allowed my own children to talk about their own loss due to cancer,” said Lauer, a registered nurse with Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and event director/coordinator. “They had lost their father to colon cancer in 2012 at the age of 41. This event became healing as well.”
Last year, the event raised $3,000; this year the goal is $9,000.
Lauer said she realizes the goal is a lofty one.
“I’m not sure if we will (reach it) but by setting our goals high we will strive to achieve them,” she said. “We have added the Celebration in Color Run/Walk this year as a way for non-archery people to participate and assist us in our efforts.”
The weekend is full of a variety of offerings along with the run/walk and archery components. The run/walk begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and starts at the Stevens Point Area School District bus garage on the corner of Highway HH and Water Street in Stevens Point.
Following the run/walk there will be brats, hamburgers and hot dogs from Ski’s Meat Market and beverages at Bucks and Bulls Archery shop, which is the finish line.
The indoor archery tournament will be continual Saturday and Sunday, and even if they are not involved in the tournament, people are welcome to come and see what archery is about.
Greg and Jake Miller, professional bow hunters and hosts of the Sportsman’s Channel “The Hunt,” will be at the event from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Melissa Bachman, another professional bow hunter, will be present from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
There also will be several raffle drawings for items such as a kayak, a Parker crossbow, a Mission Craze bow, a Genesis bow, archery targets and many others donated by local businesses.
“I hope to make people aware of the research efforts that are ongoing in central Wisconsin and just how special it is that we have access to the research that originates from the larger universities across the nation,” Lauer said.
“It is truly amazing that someone can have access to a clinical trial that comes from Boston, New York or Texas without even leaving the state,” she said.
Profits from the event go to the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in order to continue to provide clinical research trials to residents of central Wisconsin.
The event is not just designed for individuals, but also for families and children, Lauer said. There will be a bounce house available, face painting, photo booth, food, beverages and archery vendors on site.
Newcomers are welcome for the tournament. The tournament is a “pick-your-time-slot” start and continues all weekend. Raffles will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Parking for the event is free.