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Charity run to benefit cancer patients makes West Virginia debut

A nationwide series of charitable 5K runs and 2-mile walks to benefit local head and neck cancer patients is making its West Virginia debut next month in Charleston.

The inaugural Partners in Care 5K/2-Mile Walk happens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Magic Island, 101 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.

Registration is open now through race day, with an entry fee of $35 for adults and $25 for those ages 17 and under (children under 5 years of age are free). Fees to pre-register before April 20 are discounted $5, and all participants who register in advance will receive a race T-shirt.

Funds raised benefit the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation and will be used to provide financial assistance to head and neck cancer patients and to provide cancer screenings and treatment in and around Charleston.

The overall top male and female 5K runners will receive an award, with the first three male and female finishers in each age category of the timed run receiving a lanyard pin. Strollers and pets are allowed only in the 2-mile walk.

The debut West Virginia event is part of the charitable foundation’s spring season of races nationwide. Additional events are happening in California, Colorado, Florida, North and South Carolina and Washington state.

The race series was started 11 years ago to bring awareness to head and neck cancers and raise money for those unable to afford costly recovery therapies that often aren’t covered by insurance or which require a very high copay.

For more information about the event, including registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit here.

About Partners in Care

Partners in Care, founded in 1996, is a not-for-profit charitable foundation dedicated to cancer patients. The foundation helps to provide financial assistance, cancer screenings and support groups for patients, as well as additional educational programs. The foundation serves patients in 18 states. Over 8,700 patients have been served since 2007 and over $1,000,000 has been provided in financial assistance. The goal of the foundation is to continuously expand to provide support to patients so that they can have one less thing to worry about during their fight against cancer. For more information, call 888-850-1622 or visit www.YourPartnersInCare.org.

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