Awesome Ali's 5k

Join us for Awesome Ali's 5k, a fundraiser organized by Emily & Anna LaFore, Alex & Maya Turner, and Hailey & Lindsey Secora in honor of Alison Verhaalen.

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Please join us for a 5K run/walk in honor of Alison Verhaalen. Our friend Ali passed away at the age of 10 years old from an incurable brain tumor,  DIPG.  This event will help raise money for The Cure Starts Now which is an organization that helps fund research to find a cure. Please help us make a difference! Thank you!

Ridgefield Neighborhood
Menomonee Falls, WI
or your own neighborhood!
May 19, 2024
12:00 PM
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A Benefit For...
The Cure Starts Now

Event Details

You can choose to participate in this event either virtually or in person. 

Adult Registration: $35 
Youth Registration ages 5-10: $25 
If you plan to participate with your loyal pooch, show off your dedication to the cause with a Dogs V. Cancer bandana for an additional $7!

Register before midnight April 25 to be guaranteed your preferred shirt size. Any registrations made after April 25 cannot be guaranteed their preferred shirt size.

T-shirt pick up will be Friday May 17th at Sparklers Dance Studio, 4-6PM.


To participate virtually grab some friends and walk in your own neighborhood or an area of your choosing on May 19 at a time that is convenient for you. Please post pictures showing your support on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AwesomeAlis5k so we can like them! You can also post to The Cure Starts Now/Wisconsin Chapter FB page. 

If you’d like to participate in person the details are as follows:

When: May 19, 2024 at 12pm
Where: Ali’s Neighborhood (Click for a map of optional route here!) 
Parking and the start/finish: Kohl's Wellness Center  W165N5595 Creekwood Crossing | Menomonee Falls, WI 53051


After the race, join us for lunch at the Tap Yard inside Menomonee Park in Menomonee Falls where a percentage of sales will be donated back to the Awesome Ali Shines on 5k!

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Why We Fight


The Wisconsin chapter of The Cure Starts Now was started in honor of our friend, Alison Verhaalen, by her mom, Tricia. Ali was a bright, smiley, and silly girl. We have many fun memories with her doing sleepovers, girl scouts, dance, and swimming. Ali was a great friend to all. Her contagious smile will never be forgotten.

Despite being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor at age nine, Ali fought to live her life to the fullest. Her spirit of bravery was felt just by being near her, and she showed us what it meant to fight and persevere.

Being so young it was hard to understand what Ali was going through. Ali made this easier for us by being so brave and having a strong faith in God. Now that we are older we continue to fight for her by spreading awareness about DIPG and sharing her story.

Please help us honor our best friend. We miss her very much!

Thank you,

Emily, Anna, Alex, Maya, Hailey, and Lindsey

Event Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring this event?

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Contact Us

Questions? Want to sponsor or volunteer for this event? Contact us!

Margo Turner | 414-517-9590 | [email protected]
Alex Turner | 414-517-9590 | [email protected]
Emily LaFore | 262-330-3786 | [email protected]