Beacon of Hope 5K Run/Walk

by Sue Giustino

Katie Couric

June 15, 2024 was a beautiful day for a walk/run. However, rain or shine, during the Beacon of Hope 5K, you would see hundreds of devoted runners/walkers dashing through Camp Hero and the MTK Lighthouse in support of two wonderful east end charities who support many aspects of women’s gynecological cancers.

The 3rd Annual Beacon of Hope 5K run/walk through Camp Hero which finished at the historical Montauk Lighthouse was once again a huge success! Over 300 participants were running/walking to increase awareness, raise funds and bring hope to our community members- directly benefiting two local women’s cancer organizations located on Long Island’s East End: Lucia’s Angels and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers.

Directors Stacy Quarty and Susie Roden organized the event with the support of Joe Gaviola [Lighthouse Keeper and President of the Montauk Historical Society Board of Directors] and Bill Becker [former president of the Montauk Historical Society and former owner of Becker Home Center in downtown Montauk]. Along with numerous volunteers for both organizations, they have created a wonderful community event with many local Montauk businesses donating amazing raffle prizes and numerous sponsors whose support enables the event to happen.

The past two years we saw local doctors honored, Dr. Brady and Dr. Avvento, for their support of women’s cancer treatment and advocacy. This year’s honoree was Katie Couric. Katie Couric brings her longstanding commitment to cancer awareness, notably as a breast cancer survivor and advocate. Her bright demeanor added to the event as she did the countdown to begin the race, offered personal and supportive words to the participants during the award ceremony, as well as greeting each winner with a smile and a hug.

Lucia’s Angels: ~  Coalition for Women’s Cancers: