Florida Hospital Joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk, benefitting Breast Cancer Research and Patient Services

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Join us for the Bucs third annual Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk, benefitting the Florida Hospital Foundation and Breast Cancer Research this Sunday, October 11th at Raymond James Stadium.

Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk

The Treasure Chests 5K continues to grow in size and scope every year and we are thrilled to have the support of Florida Hospital again this season for what promises to be the best event to date.

Florida Hospital, the Exclusive Hospital of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will participate for the second consecutive year in the team’s Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk benefitting breast cancer research and patient services. The race is expected to attract more than four thousand participants and is being held on Sunday morning, October 11th at Raymond James Stadium prior to the Bucs game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, kickoff is at 1pm.

This will be the second year in a row where the Florida Hospital Foundation is a beneficiary of the proceeds raised at this event. The funds will be directed to support breast cancer patient services. During the event, Florida Hospital will give away free pink “scrub caps” to all participants and encourage runners to join the Pink Army. The Florida Hospital Pink Army began in 2010 to increase community awareness about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Today, there are over 53,000 members across the state of Florida.

The purpose is simple – to encourage women to join the Pink Army, get screened and donate. Race participants will also have the chance to win a pink autographed Buccaneers football and enjoy the free Florida Hospital photo booth full of Bucs and pink props to create fun digital photos that can be used in social media to help spread the word.

“As a health care leader in our community, our goal is to encourage women to take action for their health by joining the Pink Army, making a commitment to get screened, and spreading the lifesaving message to their friends and loved ones. We recognize that women today are very busy, so we’ve made it really easy for them to schedule a mammogram online at JoinThePinkArmy.com. We believe Florida Hospital has an important role to play in creating a healthier community, and we value our partners at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for helping us achieve this goal and recognizing this important health issue for women,” said Lauren Key, Vice President of Marketing, Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

To further illustrate Florida Hospital’s commitment to breast cancer prevention, more than 500 Florida Hospital employees will be supporting the Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk event and attending the Bucs vs. Jaguars game following the race.

As part of the Bucs Dream Program, Florida Hospital will host a breast cancer survivor at Sunday’s game which is highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness. The survivor will be an Honorary Race Starter at the Treasure Chests 5K, will be included in the half-time program to raise awareness about breast cancer and have the opportunity to watch the game from the Pirate Ship.

Florida Hospital and the Bucs are spreading “Bucs Fever” across Tampa Bay through their “Catch Bucs Fever” campaign and a variety of community health events throughout the year. Through this unique partnership, the Bucs and Florida Hospital are making a commitment to positively impact the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community. Visit http://www.CatchBucsFever.com and check out the commercial featuring Coach Smith. The website highlights the Florida Hospital and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ partnership initiatives and provides updates on health events, news clips, commercials, as well as opportunities to share fan photos exhibiting “Bucs Fever” via social media outlets. Florida Hospital and the Bucs will continue to launch health initiatives throughout the year designed to engage and help transform the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community.

“The Treasure Chests 5K continues to grow in size and scope every year and we are thrilled to have the support of Florida Hospital again this season for what promises to be the best event to date. It has been exciting to see the kind of spirited support we have received on this important initiative, and we value the corporate backing from great partners like Florida Hospital that strive to make a difference in our community,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer, Brian Ford.

If you would like to learn more about how to participate in the 2015 Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk, visit http://www.buccaneers.com/treasurechests5k. Register today to ensure your spot.

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region
The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,275-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FloridaHospital.com.

About the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in their 39th year as members of the National Football League and compete in the National Football Conference’s South Division. They were purchased by the late Malcolm Glazer in 1995 and are currently owned by the Glazer Family. Established in 1976, the Buccaneers have totaled six division championships, one conference championship and one Super Bowl Championship. The Buccaneers are also very active in the community, with the Glazer Family Foundation and Bucs Care dedicated to making a difference in the Tampa Bay area through programming that will inspire, equip and celebrate the “Champion” in each of us, highlighted by the Glazer Children’s Museum, opened in downtown Tampa in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.buccaneers.com.

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