Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K to Honor all DC Area Cancer Survivors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 28, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:
Eileen Sexton
(703) 837-3691
eileen.sexton@preventcancer.org

Family and friends of cancer survivors welcome to support cancer prevention research

(Alexandria, Va.) — The third annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K will honor the thousands of DC-area cancer survivors with a tribute along the race course as well as special recognition following the event. Scheduled September 24th from 8-11 a.m. at West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., this year’s 5K, themed “Taking Steps, Saving Lives,” welcomes all cancer survivors to come out to walk or run, while raising awareness and needed funds for cancer prevention research.

“Who better to lead the charge against cancer prevention than cancer survivors,” said Linda Chastain, the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Race Director. “Uniting thousands of survivors, along with prevention supporters, to affirm the importance of cancer prevention and early detection will be truly monumental.”

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, www.PreventCancer5K.org, is an opportunity for families and friends of cancer survivors to raise vital funds for the Foundation’s support of cutting-edge cancer prevention and early detection research, nationwide community outreach and lifesaving educational programs.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is open to everyone, regardless of age or ability level, and participants can walk, run, jog or set their own pace. For those cancer survivors and their family members unable to attend the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K this year, one can register as a “virtual walker” and still help raise funds to promote cancer prevention research.

Families are encouraged to bring their children and pets, as there will be food, entertainment and activities for everyone involved. Registration is $25 per person, but a family of four can sign up as a whole for only $75. Children age 10 and under are free.

Starting a “cancer survival team” simply requires organizing a few friends, family members or co-workers and signing up on the web site. Upon registering, participants can create personalized donation web pages where others can contribute money, and the top individual and team earners will be awarded prizes.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.