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20 years and counting for Brown’s as host of Memory Walk/5K for Hospice

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 October 2016 at 8:20 am

CARLTON – The Brown family will once again host a 5-kilometer race next Saturday as a fund-raiser for Hospice of Orleans County. The 5K also is a “Memory Walk” where people are encouraged to walk or run in honor of a loved one.

Provided photo: The Oct. 8 race at Brown’s Berry Patch also will honor Libby Jurs, a popular Kendall nurse.

Provided photo: The Oct. 8 race at Brown’s Berry Patch also will honor Libby Jurs, a popular Kendall nurse.

The Brown family started hosting the race and event in 1996 and has raised nearly $40,000 for Hospice in 20 years.

“Hospice is such a wonderful asset for the community,” said Margy Brown, race organizer. “Until it touches you, you don’t know how valuable it is.”

This year’s race is in honor of Libby Jurs, a beloved school nurse at Kendall who died last Dec. 12 after a long battle with ovarian cancer and, more recently, leukemia. Jurs was a life-long resident of this area and a commissioned Lay Pastor for the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Her son Josh worked for the Brown family at their fruit farm.

“She loved kids – kids always came first,” Margy Brown said about Jurs, who worked 24 years as a school nurse.

Brown said there has already been strong community support for the Oct. 8 event, with more than 20 sponsors coming forward.

The walk/run begins at noon. The Albion Running Club is a co-sponsor for the event. Click here to see more about the race or to register on-line, or call Hospice at 585.589.0809.

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