Run on Folly Beach (and For a Badass Cause)

Claire O'Bryan

Looking for a run while the weather is great? Come out on September 14 and support head and neck cancer research. This run was started by my co-worker and friend, Carissa Carie in honor and memory of her sweet dad, Michael. See the details below, and come out and walk or run!



The Cancer’s A Beach! 5K is fun run and walk to raise awareness for head and neck cancer. Michael Carie was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in January 2011. He received his care and treatment through MUSC Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Cancer and Hollings Cancer Center and was successfully treated through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical resection. In summer of 2012, he began having symptoms suspicious of recurrence but all workup was negative. One week prior to his passing he was found to have a metastatic brain lesion that was untreatable. He passed away on September 21, 2012.


Even though he is not present with us, his memory lives on. He loved Charleston with a passion. A fisherman at heart he spent his good days fishing along the intracoastal waterways. Cancer’s A Beach! is not only in memory of Michael Carie but all head and neck cancer patients along with their families who fight cancer’s battle daily.


Proceeds to benefit OHANCAW to promote free oral cancer screenings, local school talks on the causes and dangers of oral, head, and neck cancer, travel assistance to low income and out-of-town patients, and fundraising through various events throughout the year.


When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.


Where: Start and Finish lines both at 12th Street Public Beach Access—ON THE BEACH!!!


Parking: Free on-street public parking is available. Carpooling is recommended as spaces are limited.


Packet Pick-Up/Late Registration: Friday, September 13, 2013 at MUSC Children’s Hospital lobby from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., OR Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12th Street Beach Access from 7 to 8 a.m.


Post Race Party: A post race celebration will be held at Taco Boy starting at 9:30 a.m. with awards, raffles, music, food, and drink specials.   


Sponsors:  If you would like to support our cause email Carissa at for details