Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research Hosts 9th Annual Walkathon & Health Fair

03.25.2009

The Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research will hold its 9th Annual Walkathon & Health Fair on Saturday, March 28, on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

The Walkathon is the Pap Corps’ signature event of the year, and has traditionally raised in excess of $200,000. All monies fund vital cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, part of UHealth—University of Miami Health System.

Participants will start the day at 8:30 a.m., with a brisk 5K (3.1 miles) through FAU’s picturesque east campus. After having outgrown Sylvester’s Deerfield Beach location at the Newport Center, FAU, home of the Miller School’s Regional Campus at Boca Raton, graciously agreed to host the Walkathon. Not only is it more centrally located for many of the Pap Corps’ 20,000 members, it’s more accessible to the general public. Last year 2,500 walkers—which included Pap Corps members, families, and friends, as well as other community supporters—raised close to $180,000, the most in eight years.

The Walkathon draws walkers from each of 50 Pap Corps units, all of whom have a great time walking, talking, and meeting Sylvester physicians and staff “up close and personal.” The entrance fee is $15 and includes a T-shirt commemorating the day, light refreshments, complimentary bottles of water, the health fair and screenings, and entertainment throughout the day. Markers to honor a loved one may be placed on display at the Walkathon for $15 per marker.

Lite FM’s (101.5) Ellen Jaffee, a Pap Corps member herself, will serve as emcee for the day. The free health fair, which begins at 9 a.m., is offered by Sylvester with support from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, UHealth Imaging, UHealth Physicians of Boca Raton, and other physicians and staff from UHealth.

Participants will have access to blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, oxygen saturation, glaucoma, and skin cancer screenings. Several exhibits will be set up and staff will be available to answer questions and provide much-needed information about healthy living.

The Pap Corps (named after Dr. George Papanicolaou, whose impressive legacy includes the introduction of the Pap smear), is the largest all-volunteer fund-raising organization in the state of Florida committed to finding a cure for cancer through research and education. Since its inception, the Pap Corps has donated approximately $35 million to Sylvester, which is used strictly for research, says Tutsie Lipkin, president of the Pap Corps. “Since there are no professional fundraisers in the Pap Corps, approximately 99% of every dollar raised funds research to find a cure for every type of cancer,” she says. “We all believe that research is the only possible way to cure this devastating disease. It is only through hard work, dedication, and the generosity of contributors that we have any hope of finding a cancer cure. Please join us on Saturday, March 28, and help us make this a successful event.”

In May 2008, the grassroots organization made its largest gift ever to the cancer center, presenting a $4.15 million check. Sylvester Director W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., accepted the gift at their annual donor luncheon. That donation not only set a record, but surpassed the Pap Corps’ 2007 gift by $1 million!

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at UHealth—University of Miami Health System. Sylvester handles nearly 1,500 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,400 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,900 new cancer patients. All Sylvester cancer specialists are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $33 million annually in research grants. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties, and now offers appointments with 30 –physicians from 14 of Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events. Sylvester recently opened a satellite facility in Kendall as well.

To register, make a donation, or for further information, call the Pap Corps at 954-425-8100 or visit their website at www.papcorps.org.

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