GETTYSBURG, PA (September 19, 2023) – Amblebrook at Gettysburg, an award-winning 55+ community, held its inaugural Annual Memorial 5K Race and Fun Walk this past Saturday, September 16, raising nearly $8,000 in support of childhood cancer research.
The event, inspired by the story of 12-year-old Danville, PA native Cora Witmer, was designed to honor all loved ones of Amblebrook residents who have passed. Cora, the granddaughter of an Amblebrook at Gettysburg family, bravely battled against Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft tissue tumor cancer in children with approximately 400 cases detected annually in the United States. Cora tragically lost her battle against childhood cancer earlier this year.
“Proof of our tightly knit and supportive community was in full view this past weekend as a total of 148 runners and walkers laced up their sneakers for our inaugural memorial 5K event and life celebration for Cora,” shared Sara Carbonell, director of marketing and sales for Amblebrook at Gettysburg. “During Cora’s frequent visits with her grandparents here at Amblebrook, she captured the hearts of many community members with her youthful radiance. It is no surprise that they showed up in force to honor the memory of her shining light.”
The Amblebrook at Gettysburg 5K Race and Fun Walk raised $5,174.78, which was added to the Witmer family’s online fundraising race website (COuRAgeous for CORA), resulting in a total of $7,848.78 in donations to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Institute (cc-TDI). CC-TDI is dedicated to researching and uncovering new treatments and cures for rare pediatric cancers. In May, the nonprofit published new research suggesting a framework for RMS drug development, a positive step in saving the lives of children like Cora.
Amblebrook at Gettysburg Lifestyle Director, Holly Able’s said, “Through this event, we wanted to create an atmosphere of celebration to honor Cora, her family, and the joy and smiles she brought to our community. We were fortunate to have basked in her brightness and hope her family felt the support of our caring community.”
About Amblebrook Gettysburg
Amblebrook at Gettysburg is award-winning, resort-style 55 active adult community in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, built for connectivity and the discovery of everyday joy. Being developed by CCD Rock Creek and managed by Crown Community Development, Amblebrook has approved plans for a total of 779 acres and 2,005 residential homes across five unique neighborhoods. With 300 acres currently under development, the community features a best-in-class amenities campus, including the 24,000 square-foot Rock Creek Clubhouse and 22,000 square-foot Rock Creek Fitness Center. Amblebrook was awarded the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association’s “Community of the Year,” in 2022 and was named among ideal-LIVING magazine’s “Top 100 Planned Communities” in 2020. Crown Community Development is a part of the Henry Crown and Company umbrella of diverse operating and investment companies, established in 1919. Crown Community Development develops and invests in master-planned communities throughout the U.S., including Seattle, Austin, San Antonio, Nashville, Tampa, Chicago, Castle Rock, CO, Indianapolis, and Gettysburg. For more information, visit amblebrookgettysburg.com.