HOPE CONTINUES 5K written by Melanie Crownover
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8 INVITATION TUPELO | October 2017
Not having a race for cancer patients and survivors was not an option for Adam Morris. “When I heard [in August] Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was pulling out of Mississippi, I was at the CREATE Foundation that day,” Morris said. “I’ve got cancer survivors in my family, and my girlfriend’s mother is a survivor, so I know what that event meant to this area. They deserve to celebrate and remember.” With only two months to plan, Morris founded the Hope Continues 5K race and 1-mile family walk. The new event will include live musical entertainment during the run; instructors from VOW Fitness will hold a pre-race yoga session; and food truck vendors will be on-site. Most important, 100 percent of proceeds will go to local organizations in 16 northeast Mississippi counties. Recipients such as Access Family Health Care and Good Samaritan Clinic use the money to help fund treatments and fill financial gaps in cancer patients’ care. “Keeping proceeds in the community means it stays here to directly affect our patients and their families,” oncology nurse and race volunteer Abigail Farris said. “This is a way to keep honoring our loved ones who’ve fought or are still fighting.” The race is at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 in Fairpark. Register in advance at racesonline.com or on race day from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Entry fees are $25 per person for the 5K or $20 for the 1-miler. Both are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration fees go up $5 on race day. To become a sponsor or volunteer at the race, email firstname.lastname@example.org.