Northern Virginia Businesses Compete to Raise Funds to Benefit Children Fighting Cancer

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5K Race/Walk to take place Sunday, May 6th at 8:15am

Northern Virginia businesses normally 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 18th anniversary of the race and the 4th year that Hopecam has included a team competition to create awareness among the community.

Companies such as Vibrent Health, Accenture, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apptium Technologies, Baker Tilly, Blue Node Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cooley LLP, Creative Systems and Consulting, The McLean Group, and Revature are all participating in the competition this year to help promote Hopecam and their goal of helping to connect more children this year.

Development Director of Hopecam Lauren Priestas 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 or laptop computer and working with schools to establish a connection with the hospitalized and homebound child. For children who are being treated far from home, Hopecam provides a way to stay in touch with loved ones and support networks. Hopecam is the only charitable organization in the United States that provides this full-spectrum of service to ensure technology is used to bring sick children together with their classrooms and friends.”

Vibrent Health, a precision health technology company located in Fairfax, Virginia, is the title sponsor for this year’s Hopecam 5K. Vibrent Health developed the technology platform for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AllofUs Research Program (AoURP), which officially expanded its foot print with a nationwide launch on May 6.

“As a digital health solutions company, we are true believers in the power of technology to enhance human connections and improve the quality of life, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Hopecam and to help children with cancer stay connected with family, friends and classmates while they are on their journey to recovery,” said Praduman Jain, CEO of Vibrent Health sponsors of the Hopecam 5K.

Other sponsors of the race include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apptium Technologies, Chick-Fil-A Village Commons, Creative Systems and Consulting. Cooley LLP, Dulles Greenway, Earth Networks, The McLean Group, Milestone Communications, Miller, Miller & Canby, ProTech Dental, Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital, and Wax & Oils. Wheat's Landscape once again this year is providing water for the runners, and the Dulles Wegmans and Giant Food have generously donated the snacks and sports drinks.

Entertainment at the race will include a DJ Rock Steady, moonbounce fun, appearances from 501st Star Wars characters, face painting by Pixie Dust Creations, Golly Waffles food truck, balloon twisters and much more.

Hopecam has connected over 1,500 children in 47 states and abroad. It costs approximately $1,000 to connect each child. About 50% 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 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 18th Annual Hopecam 5k Race/Walk will take place on Sunday, May 6th 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 Lauren Priestas at 571-325-2000 or email at info@hopecam.org.

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