Reston, VA (PRWEB) April 29, 2016
Normally these Northern Virginia businesses compete for clients and customers, but at the Hopecam 5k, they’ll compete to see which can run the fastest, raise the most money or register the most participants to help children with cancer. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the race and the second year that Hopecam has included a team competition to create awareness among the community.
Companies such as Accenture, Baker Tilly, Booz Allen Hamilton, Christopher Consultants, Creative Systems and Consulting, Cooley, Deloitte, EC Tutoring, The McLean Group, Milestone Communications, Netcentric, Onyx, Savi Technology, ViON, are all participating in the competition this year to help promote Hopecam and their goal of helping to connect more children this year.
NASCAR Driver Ryan Ellis will be on hand to greet the participants and get the runners started.
Program Director of Hopecam Sara Dia explains, “15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Nearly every one of these children will have to be isolated from their friends and unable to attend school as a result of their treatment. Today, thanks to technology, this isolation can be overcome by giving the child a tablet computer and working with schools to establish a connection with the hospitalized and homebound child. Hopecam is the only charity in the United States providing these services to children with cancer.”
Sponsors of the race are Advanced Technology and Research Corp., AEC, Bridge Builder Tax & Legal Services, P.A., Alex Rose, Helpcomm, Highland Title, The McLean Group, Netcentric, Paul Norman, Onyx Government Services, Savi Technology, ViON. Wheat's Landscape once again this year is providing water for the runners, and the Dulles Wegmans has generously donated the snacks.
It costs about $1,000 to connect each child. About 12% of the children live in homes unable to afford Internet, which Hopecam provides at a cost of $500 per year. 70% of the children attend schools eligible for Title 1 (low income) financing.
The Hopecam 5K is a USATF certified race-fast and flat for those wanting to set a personal best record. This is also the perfect race for families featuring an easy course for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. This fun, family event is also stroller friendly.
The 16th Annual Hopecam 5k Race/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 1st at 1890 Preston White Drive in Reston, VA. The race will start at 8:15am with registration starting at 7:30am. Participants can register online at http://www.hopecam.org
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Melissa Bowman at 703.364.5606 or email at volunteer(at)hopecam.org.