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5/6/10: Auxiliary’s 5k benefit for cancer and cancer survivorship celebration set for June 5

Emerson Hospital will hold its annual 5K (3.1 miles) Run-Walk for Cancer and inaugural Cancer Survivorship Celebration on Saturday, June 5, 2010, starting at 10:00 am at The Thoreau Club field (275 Forest Ridge Road, Concord).  The event is jointly sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and the Thoreau Club.  Anne Lehmann, president of the Emerson Auxiliary, and Faith Pulis, CEO of The Thoreau Club, are co-chairing the event.

The new element added to the event this year, the Cancer Survivorship Celebration, will include lunch, music, yoga, a mediation area, a “heroes wall” to post messages, art expression activities from The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and NOA Gallery of Groton, and booths featuring tie-dye T-shirt-making, face-painting, an inflatable obstacle course, and pool activities. All cancer survivors are invited, along with the general public, to celebrate in this day of family fun.  

“Emerson’ annual Run-Walk for Cancer is a wonderful event,” said Margaret Koch, manager of cancer services at Emerson Hospital. “Our communities come together, from young to old, to have fun and compete with the one goal in mind to support the Bethke Cancer Center and our patients. Their generosity and spirit transfers directly into personalized and compassionate support programs for our patients all along their journey with cancer. No matter what the weather, folks always come and it just makes you feel great to be part of it.”

“As a cancer patient who had treatment at Emerson and someone who believes that living an active life gives us strength and better health, I am 100% supportive of the Emerson 5k Run-Walk for Cancer,” added four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers. “I hope everyone has a terrific day.” 

In preparation for the Run-Walk, The Thoreau Club is offering the “Team Thoreau Package,” which includes pre-race clinics as well as race registration.  The training clinics run from May 10-June 5 and include running and walking drills, stretching, gait analysis, heart rate training, wellness, nutrition lectures, and more—all led by Thoreau Club experts.  A complete schedule of clinics is available at www.thoreau.com/Emerson5k.

This year, more than 40 businesses and families are sponsoring the event; 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital. The Bethke Cancer Center was created to bring outstanding cancer specialists and facilities to the communities served by Emerson Hospital.  By collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital and Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, the Center is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art technology to address the personal and physical needs of Emerson patients and their families.  The Center is now in its 13th year of operation.

Runner and walker registration will begin at 8:30 am at The Thoreau Club Field, with the starting musket volley by the Acton Minutemen.  Registration for the Run-Walk is $25 per person the day of the event.  Advanced registration ($20) is available until May 29 at www.firstgiving.com/emersonhospitalauxiliary.  Children under 12 may participate at no charge.  Everyone is encouraged to also go the “extra mile” by recruiting sponsoring pledges.  Free T-shirts are available the day of the race to the first 250 participants.

Refreshments and music—provided by the Yankee Stompers—will entertain race participants upon their return. 

If you can’t participate in race day, you can still donate at www.firstgiving.com/emersonhospitalauxiliary.


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

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 $2.4M for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.emersonhospital.org .