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Sprint for Life 5K Celebrates Seventh Annual Run in Support of Ovarian Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson

Sprint for Life 5K Celebrates Seventh Annual Run in Support of Ovarian Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/26/04

Runners and walkers of all ages will take their mark on Saturday, May 1 in the seventh annual Sprint for Life run, an event benefiting the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The 5K run/walk kicks off at 7:30 a.m. in the Texas Medical Canter, followed by a Sprint for Sprouts kids 1K run at 8:30 a.m.

More than $750,000 has been raised since the event’s inception in 1998. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Blanton-Davis 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 M. D. Anderson’s department of Gynecologic Oncology, will serve as Sprint’s chair, while Susan Bischoff, a member of M. D. Anderson’s Board of Visitors, will serve as Sprint’s honorary chair.

Presented by Randall’s Food Markets and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sprint for Life gives adults and children the opportunity to join the fight against ovarian cancer by raising money for innovative research focusing on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.

Early registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Race day prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Entry forms may be obtained at any Houston-area Randall’s courtesy booth, through race headquarters at (713) 792-2765, or by visiting the Sprint for Life website at

The top three overall male and female winners, as well as the first place male and female masters in the over-40 age group will receive hand-painted pottery medals and bowls. First, second and third place male and female finishers in each age group, as well as all children who participate will receive medals, and the largest group and the group with the best “Sprint Spirit” will also receive bowls. 

Participants of all ages are invited to enjoy the post-race party featuring food, live music, face painting and clowns.

The 5K course begins on Holcombe Boulevard, just west of Braeswood, and finishes on Pressler behind M. D. Anderson’s Faculty Center located at 1400 Holcombe. Free parking is available in both TMC Garage 17, located on Braeswood just south of Holcombe, and in the Pressler garage, located on Pressler, just south of Holcombe and east of Fannin.

Sprint for Life was created in 1998 to raise awareness and funding for ovarian cancer, two years after the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program was formed in honor of Laura Lee Scurlock Blanton, and Sandra G. Davis, both who lost their lives to the disease.

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecologic cancers, primarily because in
three-fourths of cases, it is not diagnosed until it has already spread beyond the ovary. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be approximately 25,580 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States in 2004, and about 16,090 women will die from the disease.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pain and swelling, bloating, unexplained weight gain or loss, frequency and urgency of urination, change in bowel habits and unexplained stomach problems. For more information on the disease, visit M. D. Anderson’s website at

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