Published: October 4, 2012
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Many say exercising is always good for anyone to do. And this weekend, there is an event planned that will not only provide opportunity for exercise, but will benefit a good cause, as Riverside High School will host a 5K run/walk/bike in memory of Gary Lukasiewicz.
Lukasiewicz was a Taylor resident who inspired many people in the Triboro area and across the country during his recent battle with cancer. The proceeds of the race will go toward the base and foundation for a statue of St. John the Baptist, already donated to Divine Mercy Parish by the Lukasiewicz family.
The registration fee is $20 dollars and participants get a T-shirt. Refreshments are provided.
Registration will be at 8 a.m. and the race will take place at 9 a.m. Racers will enjoy the competition of racing while they remember Lukasiewicz by helping raise money for the base and foundation of the statue.
There will also be a brief prayer service at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery at about 9:30 p.m. Lukasiewicz was a member of the Divine Mercy Parish, which held a prayer service for two straight weeks during his battle last May. The service grew from a few friends to hundreds of people very quickly.
Lukasiewicz was the class president during his junior and senior year. Last spring, he attended the Riverside High School prom, where he was named prom king. The following day, he lost his brave fight with cancer.
It is only fitting that the event is sports related since Lukasiewicz was very active and loved sports. He was an avid sports fan, who also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the baseball and soccer team at Riverside High School. He was also a goalie for Scranton Lightning Hockey League and the Wilkes-Barre Junior Penguins hockey team.
In addition to all his athletic endeavors he also excelled in the classroom. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Spanish Club and finished fourth in his class.
His fighting spirit was infectious as an entire community got behind the courageous senior.
"Keep Fighting Gary," was a phrase that was synonymous with his courage and also gained the attention of people all across the country.
The event is a part of the fall festival held by Divine Mercy Parish this weekend. On Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. local restaurants will serve a variety of their specialty food items. And the event will also feature basket raffles and 50/50 drawings, along with children's games, big six wheel and other games.
There will also be a live stream of NFL games and live entertainment by Aim and Fire.