Published on September 15, 2017

Upcoming “Save Your Pumpkins 5K” to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Patients in Erie County

(September 15, 2017 – Sandusky, Ohio) Have you been affected by breast cancer, whether through a loved one or through your own experience? You have the opportunity to contribute to the breast cancer cause by participating in the upcoming “Save Your Pumpkins 5K Run/Walk”, hosted by Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 9 a.m. It will begin at Battery Park at 701 E. Water Street in Sandusky, and the cost to participate is a donation of your choice rather than an entry fee.

Awards will be given for Top Overall Male and Female runners and walkers, as well as the top three in each age group. Each participant who registers by Friday, September 29 will receive a complimentary T-shirt in the size of their choice. Those who register after this date will receive a T-shirt depending on availability on race day.

All proceeds will benefit The Foundation for Firelands and Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio. The Foundation for Firelands Mammogram and Breast Cancer Fund provides area residents with breast health services like mammograms, diagnostic screenings, medications during treatment, and support for patients and families going through a breast cancer diagnosis. Funds also provide surgical patients with a post-mastectomy camisole and an informational book on surviving breast cancer. Donations from friends and family who do not wish to race, but would still like to support the cause, are encouraged.

According to the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio 2015 Community Profile, Erie County has a significantly higher breast cancer incidence rate compared to Komen Northwest Ohio’s rate and is also higher than the State’s and the Nation’s rates. In addition to breast cancer being diagnosed more often in Erie County, the county’s breast cancer death rate at 30.9 per 100,000 is higher than the Komen Northwest Ohio (23.9), the State’s (24.8), and the Nation’s. The death rate trend for the county is decreasing but currently Erie County’s death rate is one of the highest rates in the Komen service area.

To learn more about the Firelands Regional Medical Center “Save Your Pumpkins 5K” and to register online, visit firelands.com/saveyourpumpkins.

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