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Sprint for Life 5k Event Celebrates Sixth Anniversary Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson

Sprint for Life 5k Event Celebrates Sixth Anniversary Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/17/03

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 sixth annual Sprint for Life takes place Saturday, May 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

More than $500,000 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, named in honor of the late Laura Lee Scurlock Blanton and Sandra G. Davis. Judith K. Wolf, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, will serve as Sprint¹s chair. Diane Riley will serve as the event¹s honorary chair and M. D. Anderson¹s Board of Visitors member Shirley Coskey will serve as underwriting chair.

For the second year, $50,000 research grants will be awarded to two M. D. Anderson researchers working on behalf of finding a cure for this disease. One of these grants has been generously underwritten in memory of Donna Marie Cimitile-Fotheringham, an M. D. Anderson patient who lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year at age 40.  Recipients of these grants will be announced in late spring.

Presented by Randalls Food Markets, Cooper Industries and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sprint for Life is a sanctioned 5K race/walk for adults and a kids' Sprint for Sprouts. Early registration is $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Entry forms will soon be available at all Houston-area Randalls' courtesy booths, by calling race headquarters at (713) 792-2765, and online at the Sprint for Life website. Participants also can print and mail the online registration form.

Prizes, including a watch generously donated by IW Marks Jewelers, will be awarded to male and female 5K participants who finish 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 were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002 and 13,900 women died 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. Anderson¹s Board of Visitors.


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