'Joggin' for the Noggin' raises money, awareness of brain cancer

Runners participate in the first annual 'Joggin' for the Noggin' in Greensboro on Nov. 12. (courtesy photo)

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Lansing Brewer led a group of his fellow running enthusiasts in a fundraiser to help raise awareness of brain cancer while assisting with the medical expenses of Ashley Chrisco, a server at Bimini’s Oyster Bar in Greensboro.

A 2009 High Point University graduate, Chrisco has undergone a series of medical procedures in the past year and a half to remove a tumor from her pituitary gland. Recently, Lansing, a regular patron of Bimini's, approached Chrisco with the idea holding a fundraiser to help cover her medical expenses.

“Jogging for the Noggin” started 4 p.m. at Wired! Coffee CafĂ© in Kernersville and wound its way through Colfax and finished at Bimini’s Oyster Bar. The two-hour run concluded with a performance by the band, Bone Monkey, and the fundraiser "Party for a Purpose" to further assist Chrisco.

Chrisco sold her handmade jewelry as her contribution to the cause and donated a portion of the proceeds. A seasoned runner, Brewer was one of 20 runners selected to run the first-ever relay around the world in 2007. He was the oldest runner selected and only one of two from the southeastern US. He ran across Europe, Asia, the US and Canada over a 95-day span covering more than 15,000 miles in an effort to raise awareness of the need for clean, safe drinking water.

Martha Dawn Howell contributed to this story.

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