Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pap Corps Hosts Eighth Annual Walkathon/Health Fair – March 29


The Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research will hold its eighth annual Walkathon and Health Fair on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

The organization hopes that this event will help meet and exceed its pledge to raise $14 million over a six-year period ending in June 2008. 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 3,000 walkers…Pap Corps members, friends, and supporters from Jupiter to Miami are expected to participate.

The entrance fee is $15 and includes light refreshments, water, and a T-shirt. The event is open to members and non-members of the Pap Corps. Sponsors include Bank Atlantic, Dory Slossberg Foundation, Dunkin Donuts, Protex International, Pyra Promotions, Restaurant de Italia, Ruthann and David Beckerman, Salon de Soleil, The Seiff Family, 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, prostate, and skin cancer screenings. There will also be health informational booths on cancer prevention and related topics, and the diagnostic imaging services that are now available at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach.

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 29, 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 nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,700 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 more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 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. A major expansion is currently underway, which will double the size of this facility by adding diagnostic imaging services, additional chemotherapy chairs, and expanded exam rooms. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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

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