Cancer does not only affect the individual; it affects all of us, and we are excited to sponsor a foundation committed to helping all those who are ‘fighting the fight’ against cancer.
American Fork, Utah (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
Thousands of runners and hundreds of volunteers will participate in the American Fork Half Marathon and 5K Saturday morning to show their support for the fight against cancer and help those fighting it pay for treatment.
Sponsored by the American Fork Hospital, Intermountain Medical Group, Select Health, and many in-kind sponsors such as NorthStar Alarm, Costa Vida, and The Daily Herald, the event raises money for the Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation and directly benefits cancer patients in the community by paying for treatments they would otherwise be unable to afford.
The idea of helping others pay for treatment and knowing all of the proceeds would directly benefit those battling cancer in the community was the motivating factor for many runners, volunteers and companies to participate in the event.
“This is such a great opportunity for us to support our local community and remember the people in our lives who have been affected by this disease,” said Ashlyn Lewis, NorthStar Alarm’s Director of Human Resources. “Cancer does not only affect the individual; it affects all of us, and we are excited to sponsor a foundation committed to helping all those who are ‘fighting the fight’ against cancer.”
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data:
- About 8,000 people are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year in Utah, and about 2,500 will die every year
- About 1,000 are diagnosed in Utah County each year and about 300 will die every year in Utah county
- 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime
- 1 out of every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
In its inaugural year in 2011, this event raised about $65,000 and this year the half-marathon registration was already full by April. Runners from all over the state and country will gather in American Fork Canyon at Tibble Fork Reservoir where the race will start and end at American Fork High School. For more information visit http://www.afcanyonhalf.com.
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