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4/26/12: 5K Run~Walk & Family Funday

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 12th annual 5K Run~Walk & Family Funday for Cancer on Saturday, June 2 at the Thoreau Club field, 275 Forest Ridge Road in Concord. Sponsored by Concord Mews, the Thoreau Club and Marx Running & Fitness Center, activities will include a barbeque, tot trot for ages 5 and under, 1-mile kids’ fun run for ages 5-12, tie-dye T-shirt making station, inflatable obstacle course, volleyball, badminton and recreational swimming. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The kids’ fun run leaves at 9:15 a.m., and the 5K begins at 10 a.m.

“This is a fun-filled, multi-generational event that keeps growing in participation, business partnerships and donations from the community,” said Karen Maines, president of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. Last year’s 5K Run~Walk & Family Funday for Cancer attracted nearly 450 participants and raised a record $42,000.

Lancaster resident Lori Cain, who was treated at Emerson Hospital’s Bethke Cancer Center for breast cancer, said she is proud to support fundraising events benefiting cancer programs at Emerson. An MRI technologist at a local hospital, Cain underwent surgery and chemotherapy following her diagnosis on July 13, 2011. Throughout her treatment, she took inspiration from the women with whom she had participated in a breast cancer walk just two months before her own diagnosis.

“I was surrounded by survivors who were fighting the disease,” said Cain, who is now cancer-free. “I knew I could battle it, too.”

Cain said she appreciated the compassionate, personal care she received at Emerson. “My doctors were confident, which made me confident, and the nurses knew me and called me by my first name. They were so loving, caring and empathetic, yet professional at the same time,” she said. “Anyone who goes through treatment knows that if you’re not comfortable with the people caring for you, it makes the experience that much worse. I became close friends with the staff, and I miss seeing them.”

Cain encourages others with breast cancer to remain positive, exercise whenever energy levels permit and ask lots of questions. She said she was determined to fit treatments into her schedule, rather than allowing cancer to dictate her life.

“I couldn’t work, but I exercised to keep my strength up, cleaned my house, ran errands and spent time with friends,” she said. “If I was having a bad day, I’d just remember my friend who told me, ‘Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.’ I took it one day at a time, and I knew I’d get there.”

Funds raised from the 5K Run~Walk and Family Funday for Cancer support cancer programs and services at Emerson Hospital.

To register for the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary 5K Run~Walk & Family Funday for Cancer, visit 
http://www.firstgiving.com/EmersonHospitalAuxiliary/5krunwalk. Entry fees, which include the post-race barbecue, cost $25 by May 30 and $30 until the day of the event for adults, or $12 for the kids’ fun run. To volunteer at the event, contact Barbara Boardman at (978) 371-1158 or bsboard@comcast.net.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports the hospital with community awareness, patient support and fundraising activities. Those interested in becoming a member or learning about the Auxiliary may contact Karen McCarthy at (978) 371-2133.

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton, and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports Emerson through increased community awareness, health-related education, and fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have helped to raise more than $2.4 million for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.emersonhospital.org.

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