By Madison Butkus
Hometown Weekly Reporter
The second annual Dash for Dane Family Day and 5K event took place at Powisset Farm this past Sunday, marking a spirited day of racing. This event serves as a tribute to Dane's competitive spirit and his dedication to bringing friends and family together. Moreover, it contributes to the larger fundraising initiative for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Dane valiantly battled Crohn's disease throughout his adult life, and at the age of 39, he sadly succumbed to stage 4 colorectal cancer on January 25, 2022. Despite the brevity of his time on Earth, Dane left behind a lasting legacy of kindness, generosity, joy, and illumination.
Attendees at Powisset Farm were treated to a wide array of activities. Among the highlights were a 1k kids run, Tie Dye, face painting, corn hole, crafts, a live DJ, local pizza, and refreshments. For the runners, there were eight divisions based on which winners were determined and two top runners.
Prior to the commencement of the race, Jared Kassachau, Dane's brother, addressed the gathering, expressing gratitude, "Welcome to the second annual event held in honor and remembrance of Dane. We are incredibly thankful for your presence, as we hope this will be a day filled with family enjoyment. Dane was a truly special individual. He illuminated every room he entered. He was an exceptional father, husband, son, brother, friend, colleague, and neighbor... Thanks to all of you, we have managed to raise over $260,000 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation in the past year."
When organizing the event, Kassachau emphasized that their planning always revolved around the question, "What would Dane do?" This question guided them to prioritize four key elements: family-friendly fun, a competitive atmosphere, a focus on sports, and a picturesque outdoor venue.
The race featured multiple winners, divided by gender and age groups. Notably, Karter Kasschau emerged as the top male runner, while Emily Lowell claimed the title of the top female runner.
The event witnessed joyful faces as families gathered to honor and support Dane's enduring legacy. Undoubtedly, all hope for another exceptional turnout in the coming year!