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GJ Gerner’s Story: The Annual StacheStrong 5k Run/Walk

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GJ Gerner’s Story: The Inspiration Behind the Annual StacheStrong 5k Run/Walk

People of extraordinary strength have walked the halls of Vestal High School, and GJ Gerner was no exception. In 2017, GJ was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most common kind of brain cancer, but he continued to have a positive perspective despite the challenges thrown his way. It is this positive attitude and optimism that led to the creation of StacheStrong. GJ and his younger brother, Colin Gerner, co-founded StacheStrong, an organization that seeks to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research as well as provide hope for others battling brain cancer.

In recent years, the Annual StacheStrong 5k Run/Walk fundraiser has been held at Vestal High School, though there is a virtual option for participation, allowing runners and walkers from all across the country to support the cause. Since GJ enjoyed running for the VHS cross country and track teams, StacheStrong selected Vestal High School as the location for this fundraising event, honoring him and his love for running. GJ’s strength and perseverance on and off the track have left an indelible mark on his family, friends, and the many others fighting brain cancer.

 

 

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    Miss MartinoOct 23, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this story! GJ was a great kid!

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