Walk or run 5K for a cancer cure Sunday
Almost everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer. That’s why the public is encouraged to join The Memorial Hospital’s 5K Walk/Run Race for the Cure on Sunday.
“We’d just like to make people aware of preventing cancer,” said Pam Thompson, TMH’s community relations director. “Everybody knows somebody who has cancer. It’s good to be supportive of those who have cancer or just to get your family out to walk.”
Thompson said people who are walking in the memory of someone who has died from cancer could walk or run with a white balloon. The balloons will be released at the end of the event. Information about preventing cancer will be posted along the route.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Mountain Medical Specialists, 595 Russell St. Registration is $10, which includes a T-shirt. Children younger than 18 can run for free.
Marilyn Bouldin said she would be walking in the race as she did last year. The event is a good opportunity to show people that cancer is preventable.
“It’s not a death sentence anymore,” she said. “It’s something that can be survived.”
Bouldin is a cancer survivor.
Currently one of four deaths in the United States is because of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Mortality rates have decreased by 1.5 percent a year since 1992 among men, but have stabilized in recent years among women, according to the society.
Sunday’s race won’t be timed. People can bring strollers, wheelchairs and dogs on leashes.
“You see people walking around, and it gives you hope,” Bouldin said.
Proceeds from the event will benefit a chemotherapy room at the hospital, Thompson said. Officials want to purchase a television and sound system for the room to make it more comfortable.
Bouldin said people interested in attending a cancer support group could attend once-a-month meetings. They are open to anyone, ranging from cancer victims to those who have been affected by someone who has cancer. The meetings are at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at the Visiting Nurse Association building on 745 Russell St.
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