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2017 Hugs From Hayley 5K and Elle Dash

To Benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program

This is the online registration and fundraising site for the 2017 Hugs From Hayley 5K Run. For more detailed event information, please visit

In 2008, Hayley Desjardins was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disease called Aplastic Anemia. The Biddeford/Saco Elks hosted the First Annual "Hugs For Hayley 5K Run and Fun Walk" as a way to raise money for Hayley and her family. This was a very successful event.

Hayley received several treatments for her illness, had many hospitalizations, and received numerous blood and platelet transfusions under care from the doctors at the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Since 2009, Hayley had been feeling fantastic, and Hayley's family and the Biddeford/Saco Elks have continued to hold the annual Hugs From Hayley 5k Race and Fun Walk with proceeds benefitting the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Thanks to their efforts, over $55,000 has been raised and donated to MCCP!!

In October of 2014, Hayley had a re-occurrence of Aplastic Anemia, the same disease she fought back in 2008. Hayley is a strong fighter, and with the support of her family, friends and the Maine Children's Cancer Program, she is putting up a strong fight once again.