Krupa Parikh mentioned, "Even if he was going through such a big battle, he was always positive".
Om's Sister Yashaswi Parikh said, "We want to promote anything that preserves quality of life".
Ketul Parikh described, "His heart was pure gold and that's why so many people are coming together - for a good cause to help children in the community and spread awareness for cancer".
The event was supported by the township and the schools and by several community organizations with the goal of honoring the memory of eighth-grader Om Parikh who after a brave battle died of a rare form of brain tumor on Feb. 7, 2018. By the accounts of his loving parents Ketul and Krupa, his doting sister Yashaswi, his friends, and teachers, Om was truly an amazing boy — affectionately called Optimistic Om — who went out of his way to help other kids who were bullied and needed a helping hand.
It turned out to be a beautiful spring day with the sun shining through after a week of nonstop showers. By the time the first run was set to start, some 1,500 Americans of all ages, different skin-tones and various faiths had quietly gathered. The mayor of Monroe turned up in his walker and there were quite a few parents running with babies in prams.