Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pap Corps Hosts Seventh Annual Walkathon/Health Fair – March 10


The organization hopes that this event will help meet and exceed its pledge to raise $14 million over a five-year period ending in June 2007. All monies raised fund vital cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Participants will enjoy a brisk walk through Newport Center, where UM/Sylvester is located, attend a health fair, and support cancer research – all in one day. Approximately 2,000 walkers…Pap Corps members, friends, and supporters from Jupiter to Miami…are expected to participate.

The entrance fee is $15 and includes a light breakfast, water, and a T-shirt. The event is open to members and non-members of the Pap Corps. Sponsors include Bank Atlantic, Bonnie Benado, Kids Who Care, Mark Our Words, Protex International, Pyra Promotions, Southwest Airlines, Sudduth Van Lines, UM/Sylvester, Vista Food Exchange, White Hall Nursing Homes of Boca Raton, and 101.5 Lite FM.

The free health fair is sponsored by UM/Sylvester and begins at 9 a.m. Health screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, oxygen saturation, and skin cancer screenings. There will also be health informational booths on cancer prevention and related topics, arthritis, nutrition, and the diagnostic imaging services, which will be available at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach later this year.

The Pap Corps is the largest all-volunteer fund-raising organization in the state of Florida, committed to finding a cure for cancer through research and education. Pap Corps’ membership is more than 17,000 and has increased dramatically over the past several years.

Since its inception, the Pap Corps has donated more than $30 million to UM/Sylvester, which is used strictly for research, says Barbara Pessel, president of the Pap Corps. “Since there are no professional fund-raisers in the Pap Corps, approximately 99% of every dollar raised goes towards reaching the goal…..finding a cure for every type of cancer,” she says. “We all believe that research is the only possible way to cure this horrendous disease. It is only through hard work, dedication, and the generosity of contributors that we have any hope of finding a cancer cure, so please join us on Saturday, March 10, and help us make this a successful event.”

UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles 1,400 inpatient admissions annually, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in 200 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. This 10,000 square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from 13 cancer specialties, pain medicine, rheumatology, and education and outreach events. The facility will expand to more than 20,000 square feet later this year.

To register, to make a donation, or for further information, call the Pap Corps at 954-425-8100.

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