A Story of Collaboration- Duryea at Dusk

Front, Krista Gromelski, Amanda E. Marchegiani , NRCI, Kristen Kabacinski, and Katie Brudzinski. Back, Karen M. Saunders, NRCI, Eddie Klein, Aimee Balchune, David Tighe, and Allison Brudzinski.

Through personal experience with a family member battling cancer, Duryea native sisters, Katie Brudzinski and Allison Brudzinski wanted to be part of something bigger that would involve their entire community and support those who are or have been affected by cancer. Allison came up with the idea for the name Duryea at Dusk. It incorporates the community they live in and it showcases the time of day when the event takes place. The motto of the committee is “let the sun set on cancer.”

The event brings out the best of our community and beyond! The committee hopes to continue to assist in easing the burden of cancer in NEPA. Planning of the project is a yearlong undertaking. The success of the event brings the committee pride and joy. It has impacted each of them. The celebration is family friendly. Aside from the run and walk portion of the event, there is a festival with vendors, food available for purchase and a large basket raffle. The committee has been overwhelmed by the amazing turnout each year, and they know the community will always have their back. The Duryea at Dusk committee has raised over $22,000 for the Cancer Institute.