Learn about local organization FLIP and the Darby Creek Trail Run
After his father passed away from cancer in 2010, Carl Seiley decided to start a non-profit organization in his honor. So FLIP was born, which stands for Fight, Live, Inspire and Prevent (Flip was also Seiley's father's nickname). "As we were supporting him and doing some different fundraising activities around Columbus, I realized the greater opportunity to do more for prevention," Seiley says.
FLIP's major fundraiser is the Darby Creek Trail Run, which is in its second year and takes place on July 13 at Darby Creek. We chatted with Seiley to learn more about FLIP, its mission and the upcoming run. To sign up for the run (registration is $25 per person, and there's a 5K or 10K option), visit FLIPNow.org.
-Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley
What is FLIP's goal in Columbus?
Everyone was raising money for the cure, but I realized there's more we can do ourselves from an individual standpoint to improve our odds. I did research, and cancer largely is a preventable disease. A lot of people don't know that. It can be overwhelming and confusing. (We want) to spread awareness and get the message out there. Once people know about it, our movement is to inspire action and integrate that into daily life. Our mission is to make prevention fun, approachable, simple, community-supported and socially connected.
How do you support FLIP's mission?
Most of what we do right now is online. We are getting the message out and engaging our followers through social media, our newsletter and an engaging website. We also try to work with a lot of other websites around Columbus. We try to make it really action-based.
Tell us a bit about the Darby Creek Train Run.
It's one of our biggest offline activities. More so than a fundraiser, it's to embody and show off our brand. We want to inspire people and show we are a fun organization and that cancer prevention can be fun. We really focus on the inspire aspect for this event. Our goal is to have everyone that participates to bring someone else. That really embodies the inspire initiative. You can say, "I've taken an active role in cancer prevention," but you also have to reach the people who otherwise wouldn't be reached.
Does FLIP have any plans for the future?
To sustain the movements, I have had a plan in the works. We recently closed on a building in the Brewery District, and we are going to use that so that FLIP can host prevention programs, nutrition, fitness…and use it as a community building. We are going to rent the space out for events, like weddings and corporate events, during the day. We aim to have this up and running in the early fall.