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YMCA 5K to benefit cancer survivors



The Pickaway County Family YMCA is hosting PICKAWAYSTRONG, a 5K run/walk to help cancer survivors gain strength and confidence after their treatment. The race will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at Mary Virginia Crites-Hannan Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race kicks off at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is a $20 donation.

According to The National Institute of Cancer, the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024.

All donations from the event will help support a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class at the Y, where cancer survivors are able to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve confidence and self-esteem.

Survivors are are able to participate at no cost in the 12-week program.

There are many other ways to be involved besides participating in the race. These options include sponsoring a participant, multiple fundraising opportunities and volunteering to help with the event.

Following the race, there will be a celebration at the Starkey Pavilion located in the Mary Virginia Crites-Hannan Park.

The event is sponsored by The Savings Bank, Kingston National Bank, The Amercian Cancer Society and Constance Care Home Health Care.

For more information and to register, contact Angi Welsh at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal

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