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‘Reason to Run’ 5K to benefit research for pediatric cancer
Runners particpate in previous “Reason to Run” benefiting CancerFree Kids Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance.

‘Reason to Run’ 5K to benefit research for pediatric cancer

By Jorge Martinez….

Runners particpate in previous “Reason to Run” benefiting CancerFree Kids Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance.

The third annual “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk and family event benefiting CancerFree Kids Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m., at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave.

On-site registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. The registration fee is $30.

Last year’s “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk attracted nearly 800 participants and raised more than $45,000. The event is the brainchild of avid marathoners and training partners Linda Martinez and Lisette Zamora. Both women have participated in a number of fundraising events for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Finding cures for pediatric cancers took on a special meaning for my family three years ago when my 8-year-old nephew was diagnosed with a brain tumor,” said Linda Martinez, event organizer. “Through the work of dedicated doctors and nurses, he is winning his fight. But the fact remains that cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of children, and the treatments currently available often negatively impact the quality of life for those who survive.

“Events such as this one will help fund lifesaving research while raising awareness that there is still much work to be done,” she added.

After the run/walk, participants will be invited to enter the Deering property for a post-race event that will include live music, food, drinks, bounce-houses and other entertainment in the family area.

All participants will be entered automatically to win one of many prizes including a Miami Seaquarium dolphin swim for four, admission to Zoo Miami and other attractions, plus a host of other prizes. Those wishing to enter, but not run, can purchase a raffle ticket for $5.

In addition to the run/walk and family event, several area schools will participate in the “Coins for Courage” program. The program’s goal is to show children that they, as well as their parents, can make a significant difference in the lives of others. Area schools raised almost $4,000 for the event last year.

Sponsors for “Reason to Run” 5K run/walk include: Palmetto Ford, SeaView Research, HiTEX Marketing, Pollo Tropical, Dolphin Mall and Preferred Care Partners.

CancerFree Kids’ mission is to fund lifesaving research of childhood cancers. CFK supports research by raising funds in many ways and by actively advocating for additional funding of pediatric cancer research on a national level. For additional information, visit www.cancerfreekids.org.

For more information on the race event or to register, visit www.reasontorun.org or call 305-807-7079.

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