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5/17/11: Eleventh start of Auxiliary’s 5K for Cancer is set for June 4

Emerson Hospital will hold its annual 5K (3.1 miles) Run-Walk for Cancer on June 4, 2011, starting at 10:00 a.m. at The Thoreau Club Field (275 Forest Ridge Road, Concord).  Sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, Marx Running, and The Thoreau Club, this year’s event is co-chaired by Faith Pulis, chief executive officer of The Thoreau Club, and Mark Coddaire, president of Marx Running.

This year, in addition to the 5K, additional activities encourage family participation.  The day will include a barbeque from Firebox BBQ; a Kids Fun Run (a timed, one-mile cross-country run for kids age 5-12); a Tot Trot (for kids age five and under;) a tie-dye T-shirt-making station, an inflatable obstacle course, volleyball, badminton, and recreational swimming. 

The Thoreau Club is offering a “Get Race-Ready Package,” which includes pre-race clinics as well as race registration.  The training clinics include running and walking drills, stretching, gait analysis, heart rate training, wellness, nutrition lectures, and more—all led by Thoreau Club and Marx Running staff.  Team Thoreau registration and a complete schedule of clinics is available at www.firstgiving.com/emersonhospitalauxiliary.

Benefiting Bethke
This year, many businesses and families are sponsoring the event, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting 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.  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 14th year of operation. 

For patients, cancer care in the community can be life-saving
Funds raised from the Run-Walk allow the Bethke Cancer Center to continue to invest in technology, like the newest cancer-fighting weapon that the Center recently unveiled – a new linear accelerator, a technological marvel in cancer care that employs built-in CT scanning capability. The new linear accelerator delivers radiation with unsurpassed precision, hitting targets with minimal impact on healthy tissue. “I know I speak for all of my clinical colleagues when I say how grateful we are to have this latest treatment tool right here in Concord,” said Dr. Jack McGrath, medical director of the Massachusetts General Radiation Oncology Department at Emerson Hospital.

For Ayer resident Sonia Patano, this sophisticated cancer care right here in the community proved life-saving. Last February, she was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). Her lumpectomy was performed by Andrea Resciniti, MD, a general surgeon. “The surgery went well, and the nursing staff was great,” said Patano, who lives in Ayer. “I was heading home by 1:00 that day.”

Patano was subsequently also diagnosed with early breast cancer in her left breast and had a second lumpectomy, which Dr. Resciniti performed. She completed radiation treatment in December 2010. “I can’t say enough about the care I received at the Bethke Cancer Center,” said Patano, who has three children, all born at Emerson. “I thank Dr. Resciniti all the time for being so thorough.”

Race details: Who, when, where
Runner and walker registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at The Thoreau Club Field with the starting musket volley by the Acton Minutemen.  Refreshments and music, provided by R & R Productions, will await the race participants upon their return. Registration for the event is $30 per person the day of the event.  Advanced registration ($25) is available until May 28 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 200 participants. If you can’t be there on race day, you can still participate by making a donation at www.firstgiving.com/emersonhospitalauxiliary.