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Thank you to all participants, donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the 4th annual Prevent Cancer 5K walk/run the most successful yet, raising a record breaking $112,000! More than 400 individuals and families (and doggies) gathered at Nationals Park Sunday, September 30 to demonstrate their commitment to saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection.

Racing President Teddy leads the 5K starting line.

Dance Trance led a fun, aerobic warm-up before Nationals Racing President Teddy and Washington Kastles mascot Top Spin kicked off the walk/run. Following a victory lap inside the stadium on the main concourse, guests enjoyed music and food, visited the Nationals dugout and batting cages (where they could actually swing at balls), toured the Prevent Cancer Super Colon, picked up some doggie treats from Barkley Square and Aunt Sasha’s Barked Goods and tried their hands at the hoola hoop station, corn hole tosses and giant Jenga (provided by United Social Sports). We even had free oral cancer screenings and a Walgreens table where people could get flu shots.

A huge thank you goes out to our wonderful 5k Chair, Katherine Kennedy. Her commitment and passion for cancer prevention, along with her incredible social media outreach was a driving force to making this event a fundraising success!

“I was truly humbled and overwhelmed by the support the entire community bestowed upon us,” said Event Chair Katherine Kennedy. “There are so many people to thank from the team captains rallying more teams and participants than ever before to so many generous sponsors and friends of the Foundation pooling their resources for this spectacular event. Truly a group effort to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!

Prevent Cancer EVP/COO Jan Bresch, top fundraiser Allison Hutchins and Event Chair Katherine Kennedy.

We also want to give a big shout out to top individual fundraiser Allison Hutchins, who raised $3,025, winning a treadmill desk grand prize generously donated by exclusive fitness partner LifeSpan Fitness. Allison was also captain of the top fundraising team, Cancer Conquerors, which raised $7,640 and won a catered dinner for 10 by Windows Catering. Ginger Albright of the Cancer Conquerers was the second top individual fundraiser with $2,165, and Grant Allen’s team All in Against Cancer came in second in team fundraising with $7,455.

Many thanks to generous sponsors Bayer HealthCare (Grand Slam), Johnson & Johnson (Home Run), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Triple), Venable (Triple), Lilly (Double), Millenium Pharmaceuticals (Double), Genentech (RBI), 1-800 CONTACTS (RBI), MarcParc Valet (In-Kind), Subway (In-Kind) and exclusive fitness partner LifeSpan Fitness.

The 5k may be over for this year, but it’s not too late to give to cancer prevention efforts! Donations are still being accepted for teams and individuals who are working to complete their fundraising goals. Event proceeds will support the Foundation’s cancer prevention research, community outreach, advocacy and education programs. To make a donation, please go to www.preventcancer5K.org.

See more photos from this year’s 5K on our Facebook page–don’t forget to tag yourself!  Check back to the Prevent Cancer Foundation 5k site for the date of the 5th Annual Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K, which will again be held at Nationals Park!