UMass Cancer Walk and Run kickoff is June 3
The 2019 UMass Cancer Walk and Run kickoff reception for members of the campus community, sponsors and fundraising team leaders will be held on June 3 at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Albert Sherman Center.
The event will feature a brief speaking program and reception. Jonathan Gerber, MD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research, chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, medical director of the UMass Cancer Center and associate professor of medicine, will discuss the center’s clinical trials of novel cancer therapies.
Richard Carr, chairperson for the walk, president of the Carr Financial Group in Worcester and host of the Financial Freedom radio show on WTAG 580AM/94.9FM, will share his personal story as a two-time cancer survivor and speak about the importance of community support for the walk.
UMassFive Credit Union, which won the Cancer Walk Business Challenge last year, will be recognized at the event. UMassFive President and CEO Richard Kump, also a member of the volunteer steering committee, will kick off this year’s Business Challenge and provide some insight into the UMassFive team’s successful fundraising for the walk.
The 2019 UMass Cancer Walk and Run is set for Sunday, Sept. 22, at the UMass Medical School–UMass Memorial Medical Center campus on Lake Avenue. Proceeds from the event will support adult and pediatric cancer research and care, and clinical trials of new potentially lifesaving cancer therapies. For more information or to register visit https://umassmed.edu/cancerwalk/
Over the past 20 years, UMass Cancer Walk supporters have raised more than $13 million. More than 8,000 people walked or ran last year, and the event won the Worcester Magazine Best of Worcester 2019 Award for a regional fundraising event.
“People may be thinking about their summer, but we also want them to focus on the fall and the importance of raising money for local cancer research and care,” said Beth Whitney, manager of the walk. “We encourage anyone who has ever thought about supporting the UMass Cancer Walk to make this the year.”