MANLIUS, N.Y. -- A Manlius woman with a rare disease is hoping to raise awareness and support for research with a tasty new running event this weekend.

Kelleigh Gustafson, 22, was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation when she was 4 years old.

AVM is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain.

Kelleigh has had more than 80 surgeries and started a research foundation a few years ago, known as Kelleigh's Cause.

Proceeds from this weekend's new Chocolate Challenge at LeMoyne College will help support research.

"Try and create something to find the cause of AVM, because currently a lot of people don't know exactly what directly causes it and finding that out we can find a drug to help target that and stop its progression,” she said.

The Chocolate Challenge will include both a 5K and 10K run at LeMoyne College this Saturday.

For more information, head to their website.