This is the online registration and fundraising website for the 2019 Hugs From Hayley 5K Race and Fun Walk! For more detailed event information, please visit www.hugsfromhayley.com.
In 2008, Hayley Desjardins was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disease called Aplastic Anemia. The Biddeford/Saco Elks hosted the first "Hugs For Hayley 5K Run and Fun Walk" as a way to raise money for Hayley and her family. This was a very successful event.
Hayley received several treatments for her illness, had many hospitalizations, and received numerous blood and platelet transfusions under the care of the doctors at Maine Children's Cancer Program. Since 2009, Hayley had been feeling fantastic, and Hayley's family and the Biddeford/Saco Elks have continued to hold the annual Hugs From Hayley 5K Race and Fun Walk with proceeds benefitting Maine Children's Cancer Program. Thanks to their efforts, nearly $100,000 has been raised and donated to MCCP!!
In October of 2014, Hayley had a re-occurrence of Aplastic Anemia, the same disease she fought back in 2008. Hayley is a fighter, and with the support of her family, friends and Maine Children's Cancer Program, she put up a strong fight once again and is now doing great!