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6/21/10: Emerson Hospital Run-Walk for Cancer a runaway success

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently held its tenth annual 5K Run-Walk for Cancer and inaugural Cancer Survivorship Celebration. The event, jointly sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and The Thoreau Club, drew 450 people and raised more than $20,000. Anne Lehmann, president of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, and Faith Pulis, president and CEO of The Thoreau Club, co-chaired the event.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, which 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 13th year of operation.

A new element was added to the event this year—the Cancer Survivorship Celebration. All cancer survivors and the general public were invited to celebrate in a day of family fun. The event also included many new activities, including music, a “heroes wall” to post messages, art projects, numerous children’s activities, and lunch.

“It was after my yoga class, after I had a moving conversation with a couple in their 40s who ran the race, (she was a cancer survivor),” said one runner about the event. “I was thinking to myself that it had been an honor to participate in all of this.”

“This was a fabulous event—and a fabulous business partnership with The Thoreau Club,” added Anne Lehmann, president of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. “Thanks go to The Thoreau Club and also to the more than 40 businesses and families who sponsored the event.”

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.