Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K to Raise Funds for Cancer Prevention Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 20, 2011

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

Runners, walkers, families, pets and “virtual walkers” all invited

(Alexandria, Va.) — The third annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K will be held on September 24 from 8-11 a.m. at West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C. The 5K, themed “Taking Steps, Saving Lives,” reinforces the Foundation’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, www.PreventCancer5K.org, is an opportunity for participants 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 Foundation is proud to welcome Good Morning America’s weather anchor Sam Champion as this year’s Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Grand Marshal.

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. Last year, the Prevent Cancer Foundation welcomed not only members of the entire Washington metro community but also runners from across the country. For those 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.

“Cancer affects us all, in some way or another. We invite the Metro DC community to join us in moving toward ways to stop cancer before it starts,” said Jan Bresch, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K is a great opportunity for some Saturday morning fresh air and exercise with others who are coming together to support cancer prevention.”

Starting a 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.