Research Professionals and the Public to Honor Study Volunteers with 5K Run & Walk Event

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CISCRP and Stormont Vail Health will be hosting a Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk, a thank you 5K celebrating the gift of participation in clinical research, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park. Participants can walk, run, or register to cheer from the sidelines at Chronotrack.

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Scott Teeter, Medical Director of the Cotton O’Neil Clinical Research Center, “Stormont Vail Health is honored to be hosting...we look forward to seeing patients, researchers, and local community members come together to celebrate the study volunteers."

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), an independent non-profit organization, is excited to announce the upcoming Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk in Topeka to celebrate the volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical trials and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health.

The event, hosted by Stormont Vail Health, will take place this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. To register, visit register.chronotrack.com/r/32661.

Scott Teeter, M.D., Medical Director of the Cotton O’Neil Clinical Research Center, a Host Sponsor of the event, remarked “Stormont Vail Health is honored to be hosting this important Medical Heroes Appreciation event and we look forward to seeing patients, researchers, and local community members come together to celebrate the study volunteers who bring hope and promise to the future of medicine and health care.”

Topeka area running and walking enthusiasts, patients, caregivers, and clinical research professionals are invited to participate and attend the event. All proceeds from the 5K will support clinical research education and outreach programs for patients and their families. All participants will receive a t-shirt, free food, and other giveaways. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a bib raffle for fun prizes like a FitBit and care packages from local businesses.

Medical Hero and research participant Bonnie Keim recently completed a study testing an insulin pump and novel insulin in the disease management of type 2 diabetes. “My HbA1c (lab measure of blood sugar averages) improved significantly, I learned how to master my pump, and I added another person to my health care team – my clinical research coordinator,” Keim said. “I felt like I was a true partner in the research process and in the management of my diabetes.”

Research participants vary in age from the very young through the elderly. Dana Soetaert and Casey Cordts, parents of Medical Hero and research participant Harper Cordts, age five, feel that there is perhaps no better contribution to medical science than to get involved in research as a family. “Our daughter has participated in two different research studies testing the manufacturing or combination of childhood vaccinations. Anything we can do to help increase vaccination rates and to ensure their safety and effectiveness is an important use of our time,” Dana said. “My husband and I are proud of our daughter and intend to remind her of her contribution to science and to encourage her to be involved in many different types of volunteerism throughout her lifetime.”

Opportunities to provide educational materials at the Start/Finish line are still available. Contact Kayla Seider at kseider(at)ciscrp.org to speak further about opportunities to collaborate and contribute to this meaningful initiative.

Onsite check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K Run & Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., following a brief Medical Heroes Recognition Ceremony. For more information about the event, to volunteer, register, or support, email medheroevents(at)ciscrp(dot)org. Questions about event registration should be addressed to Kayla Seider via phone, 617-725-2750 x322, e-mail medheroevents(at)ciscrp.org, or call toll free 1-877-MED-HERO x322.

About CISCRP
CISCRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities. Visit http://www.CISCRP.org for more information or to support CISCRP.

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