Sprint For Life 5K Event Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/26/02
Runners and walkers of all ages can support the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center by participating in the Sprint for Life 5K Run and Walk.
The fifth annual Sprint for Life takes place Saturday, May 4, starting at 7:30 a.m. in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
More than $400,000 has been raised since the event's inception in 1998. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, named in honor of the late Laura Lee Scurlock Blanton and Sandra G. Davis. Dr. Judith K. Wolf, assistant professor in M. D. Anderson's Department of Gynecologic Oncology, will serve as Sprint's chair. And in Blanton's memory, her daughter, Elizabeth Wareing will serve alongside Shirley Coskey - both members of M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors - as the events' honorary co-chairs.
For the first time, two $50,000 research grants will be awarded to two M. D. Anderson researchers working on behalf of finding a cure for this disease. Recipients of this inaugural grant will be announced in late-March.
Presented by Randalls Food Markets, Sprint for Life is a sanctioned 5K race/walk for adults and a kid's Sprint for Sprouts. Early registration is $17 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Entry forms will soon be available at all Houston-area Randalls; by calling race headquarters at (713) 792-2765; and online at the Sprint For Life website.
Continental Airlines rewards certificates will be awarded to male and female 5K participants who finish in first overall and in first place in the over-40 age group. First-place finishers in additional age categories as well as corporate and group teams will also be recognized.
Other race-day activities scheduled include the children's Sprint for Sprouts and a post-race party for participants of all ages.
Sprint for Life was created in 1998 to benefit the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program and fund ovarian cancer research at M. D. Anderson. The goal of the program is to develop more effective screening methods and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer through innovative research into the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 23,300 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002 and 13,900 women will die from the disease.
Before her death from ovarian cancer in 1999, Blanton served as an advisor to the program, Honorary Chair for Sprint for Life and a lifetime member of M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors.