Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk Raises Record $120,000 for Cancer Care


Emerson Hospital’s annual 5k Run~Walk for Cancer raised a record-breaking $120,000 this year. All proceeds from the event support cancer care for patients at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke. Nearly 750 runners and walkers came out to The Thoreau Club in Concord on June 10th for a day of family fun to help those with cancer in the community. This was the largest and most successful Run~Walk yet, thanks to the terrific support from the community and local businesses.

The top male runner was John Longo of Arlington, with a time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds. The top female runner was Morgane Butler of Sudbury, with a time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds. Click here for complete race results.

The top fundraising team was Aux Rox, representing the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital. This team raised more than $11,000. Oak Meadow Otters, comprised of students and parents from the Oak Meadow School in Littleton raised nearly $6,000. Top individual fundraisers were Denise Haartz of Concord and Sara Martinian of Groton.

“Emerson’s 17th annual 5k Run~Walk for Cancer was a spectacular day filled with family fun and support for those in our community who are affected by cancer,” said Christine Schuster, President and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “We are extremely grateful to all of the participants and local businesses that participated in setting a new fundraising record. Proceeds from this year’s Run~Walk will be used for integrative therapies for our cancer patients that promote healing, including Reiki, massage, music therapy, and acupuncture. Many of our patients remark that it is the combination of our top clinicians using the latest cancer treatments and the integrative therapies that put them on a course for good health.”

This year’s Run~Walk event included a timed 5k run, a one-mile Fun Run, a 5K walk and a tot trot. Following the awards ceremony, families participated in activities including swimming, tie-dying, ice cream from Kimball Farm, bounce houses, music and more.

Community sponsors and partners of the 2017 Emerson 5k Run~Walk for Cancer include:

Presenting Sponsor – Cambridge Savings Bank
Tribute Level Sponsors – The Thoreau Club, The Patenaude/Fivek Team at Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, and Wicked Local
Sustaining Level Sponsors – Acton Pharmacy, Lexington Eye Associates, Middlesex Savings Bank, Northern Bank and Woodman & Eaton, a Monument Group Company
Supporting Level Sponsors – Abode Builders, Acton Medical Associates, Care One, Newbury Court/Deaconess Abundant Life, Dermatology Associates, Especially for Pets, Howes Insurance Group, John L. Koenig Law, Lawrence Academy, Life Care Center of Acton, Municipal Market Analytics, Margos Hair and Body Design, Orangetheory, Salem Five, Wheelhouse, and Winstanley Enterprises
Friend Sponsors – H. Ivan Orup, DMD, Dr. Martin Kafina, Residence Inn Boston/Concord, and the Wilson Group
In-kind donations – 88 Acres, BGood, Dunkin Donuts, Kimball Farm, Roche Brothers and Stop & Shop

Donations will be accepted through June 30 at www.emersonhospital.org/5k. You can also visit the site to see results and photos of this year’s event. Please visit Emerson’s Facebook page and local media next spring for details about Emerson’s 2018 Run~Walk for Cancer.


The Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke brings together experienced cancer specialists, leading-edge technology, and the latest treatment options for patients in Emerson’s service area. Emerson’s close collaboration with Mass General’s main campus downtown means patients receive world-class cancer care right in their neighborhood. Learn more: www.emersonhospital.org/cancer.

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