Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC Host’s Sprint Four the Cure 5K to Benefit Cancer Research

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This Annual Chipped Run/Walk Supports MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Cancer Institute

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Hosted by Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, the 34th annual Sprint Four the Cure 5K run/walk will be held on September 20 along the Potomac Parkway. Proceeds from this annual event support cancer research at Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Sprint Four the Cure is a family-friendly event that includes a kids’ 100-yard dash, vendors, prizes, raffles, a hot breakfast provided by Four Seasons Hotel, as well as complimentary sweets from Georgetown Cupcakes, French pastries from PAUL USA and massages by Four Seasons Spa therapists. Participants can register for the chipped run/walk as an individual or as a team to collectively raise funds for cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $49,000, with continued donations received after the run/walk.

Prizes will be awarded to first-place finishers in eight different age groups. Registrants are automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win additional door prizes from D.C.’s finest restaurants, spas, and more. A number of sponsors, including STG International, RCN Business, 94.7 Fresh FM, NewsChannel8, and Graphcom, Inc., have already joined the cause. Sponsorship packages are still available and include plenty of benefits—logo on race T-shirts and website, participant entry, display table, and more.

“This run is near and dear to the hearts of Four Seasons employees as we lost a friend and former colleague, Andrea Kauffman, to cancer in 2010,” says Dirk Burghartz, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. “For this reason, we are extremely grateful to all the participants and volunteers who support this event and help raise money to find a cure for cancer.”

Washington, D.C. has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the country, and Washington Cancer Institute is the busiest cancer center in the nation’s capital, diagnosing approximately 2,400 new cancer cases each year. Distinguished for providing the capital region’s best cancer care, MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Cancer Institute provides the full range of medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical services, as well as access to cutting-edge clinical trials, patient and family counseling, cancer education and community outreach programs.

Dr. Sandra Swain, medical director of Washington Cancer Institute, notes that “contributions from this event, together with the proceeds generated by the Four Seasons’ annual June ‘Drive For the Cure’ golf tournament, continue to bolster the Washington Cancer Institute’s ability to conduct cancer research to make potentially groundbreaking new drugs available through clinical trials to our patients. We are sincerely grateful for the ongoing support provided by Four Seasons.”

This year’s event will be held in memory of Andrea Kauffman. Andrea’s mother, sister, and 15 family supporters will be in attendance. For more information, to register for Sprint Four the Cure, or to become a generous sponsor, visit

About Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
Named one of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is the nation’s capital first and only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel having justly earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest hotels. Celebrating 35 years of service at the preferred Pennsylvania Avenue address, the 222-room hotel is situated in historic Georgetown. Its restful ambiance is enhanced with not only a warm, friendly and tenured staff but also its extraordinary art collection. The hotel’s signature restaurant, BOURBON STEAK, by celebrated Chef Michael Mina, has been awarded numerous accolades including The Washington Post’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and Washingtonian Magazine’s Top 100 Best Restaurants. In a city where power never sleeps, Seasons continues to be the place for “Power Breakfast” and award winning weekend Brunch. In addition to the hotel’s spacious and luxurious accommodations, it also offers a three-level urban oasis within a 12,500 sq. ft. Spa and Health Club with indoor lap pool and eight treatment rooms. The hotel also has 19,552 sq. ft. for meetings and special events. For reservations or more information, please call 202-944-2055 or visit

About MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation's capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation's top hospitals as recognized by U.S. News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a national leader in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and endocrinology, emergency medicine, geriatrics, women's services, trauma and burn care, and neurosciences. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country's top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region's only adult burn center.

About Graphcom, Inc.
Graphcom, Inc. is a full-service marketing and communications firm with more than 100 professional, energetic, and creative employees. Graphcom offers full-service capabilities to help with clients’ marketing campaigns from start to finish, or jump in at any phase with just the pieces they need. The firm specializes in healthcare marketing services for hospitals, health systems, and nonprofit, community-based health organizations. To learn more, visit or call 800-669-1664.

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