Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Thousands to Gather at Pap Corps Walkathon to Raise Money for Cancer Research


On Saturday, March 13, thousands of Pap Corps members, their families, friends, and other supporters will come together on behalf of cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Hosted by the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research, the 10th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

The walkathon is an important fundraising and community outreach event, which had more than 2,500 participants last year and traditionally raises more than $200,000 a year to fund vital cancer research at Sylvester. “Imagine… a World Without Cancer” is this year’s theme.

For a $15 registration fee, all participants will receive a t-shirt, water, breakfast, entertainment, and access to the health fair. The health fair, presented by Sylvester, will feature free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, tents where the latest technology is showcased, and “Ask the Experts” exhibits with physicians and staff from Sylvester, Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, and UHealth at Boca Raton. Participants will also be able to pay tribute to loved ones by purchasing “In Honor of” and “In Memory of” paper plaques for $15 each.

This is the second year that the walkathon will be held at FAU, home of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s Regional Campus. “We hope to top last year’s total which brought in $300,000 for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said event chairwoman Rita Seiff, who is a member of the Boca West Cancer Research Unit, one of 50 units that make up the 20,000-member Pap Corps. Since 2002, Pap Corps members have raised more than $20 million for Sylvester.

The walk encircles the nature path surrounding the FAU campus and covers about 3.1 miles (5K), but participants can walk as much or as little as they choose. Those who don’t want to walk can sit in the shade and enjoy entertainment provided by event emcee and Pap Corps member Ellen Jaffe of 101.5 Lite FM.

“I feel the Walkathon is one of the most rewarding events the Pap Corps does,” Seiff said. “It gives me such a good feeling to be able to look out on that day and see our participating members, friends and the community getting together to celebrate life and survivorship.”

About the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research

Named in honor of cancer research pioneer, Dr. George N. Papanicolaou (developer/founder of the Pap Smear for cervical cancer), the Pap Corps is a non-profit, volunteer group with more than 20,000 members throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Pap Corps has supported cancer research at the University of Miami since 1952, donating a total of more than $33 million to Sylvester.

The ongoing commitment of the Pap Corps funds Sylvester’s multidisciplinary research programs and investigations of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers, as well as new diagnostic tools for a variety of cancers at South Florida’s only university-based cancer center. Pap Corps donations provide seed money for physicians and scientists to develop preliminary experimental data needed to successfully apply for operating grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society and other national funding outlets

For more information about the walkathon and the Pap Corps, visit or call the Pap Corps office at 561-798-3116 or 954-425-8100. For information about the health fair, contact Judy Hayden at 305-243-5182 or Giselle Salzmann at 305-243-3663.

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