Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K encourages DC area dogs, cats and other family pets to get involved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 25, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Liona Chan
(703) 519-2107
Liona.Chan@preventcancer.org

Pet owners and their furry friends invited to participate side-by-side

(Alexandria, Va.) — The Prevent Cancer Foundation is welcoming all Washington D.C. metro area pet owners and their pets to the third annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, which will take place in scenic West Potomac Park, Washington D.C. on September 24 from 8-11 a.m. Pet owners can start their own team or register as part of the “Pets for Prevention” team at www.PreventCancer5K.org to participate together and help raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention and early detection research.

Studies have shown that there are a number of health benefits correlated with owning a pet. Pets can help their owners stay active and get regular exercise, as well as help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K allows both pets and their owners the chance to promote a healthy lifestyle by running, walking or jogging alongside one another.

There will be food, entertainment and activities for everyone involved, but owners are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later, as the first 100 to register will receive a free doggie bag full of goodies. Upon registering, participants can create personalized donation web pages where family and friends can support a pet in the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K by giving a gift to help stop cancer before it starts.

“Most pet owners are already aware of the many health benefits pets provide and understand the importance of keeping their pets healthy,” said Linda Chastain, Senior Director of Special Events at the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is a pet-friendly event that gives owners an opportunity to help keep themselves and their lovable companions active and fit, all while supporting cancer prevention research.”

Owners are asked to please observe proper pet etiquette when participating in the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, which includes leashing and cleaning up after pets.

# # #

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $120 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.