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Sprint for Life 5K Event Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research

Sprint for Life 5K Event Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/08/00

Runners and walkers of all ages can support the conquest of ovarian cancer in the Sprint for Life 5K Run and Walk benefiting the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The third annual Sprint for Life takes place Saturday, May 6, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Texas Medical Center. This year's event pays tribute to Houston civic leader Laura Lee Scurlock Blanton who died in August following her battle with ovarian cancer.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the M. D. Anderson's Ovarian Cancer Research Program named in honor of Blanton and the late Sandra G. Davis. More than $260,000 has been raised since 1997.

Early registration is $15 per adult and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Entry forms are available by calling race headquarters at (713) 792-2765. All entrants will receive a commemorative race T-shirt.

Sprint for Life is a sanctioned 5K race/walk and a 1K Kids Sprint for Sprouts. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place 5K winners. 5K winners in age categories and Corporate Team winners will receive gift certificates. The event also features activities for children, a post-race party and prizes for those participating in Sprint for Sprouts, the children's 1K walk.

Each year more than 25,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 women are expected to die from the disease. Sprint for Life was created to help fund ovarian cancer research benefiting the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program, for which Blanton served as an advisor. She was the Honorary Chair for Sprint for Life in 1998 and 1999 and was a Lifetime Member of M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors. She died August 6.

The goal of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program is to develop effective screening methods and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer through innovative research into the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. In recent months the National Cancer Institute awarded M. D. Anderson a $10 million, five-year SPORE grant, which recognizes Specialized Programs of Research Excellence. It is one of the first such grants ever awarded by the NCI for ovarian cancer research.

M. D. Anderson's Ovarian Cancer Research Program is further strengthened by activities to foster public education and community awareness.

02/08/00


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