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Making Strides 5K run/walk Saturday in OC

(Oct. 18, 2013) Last October, more than 1,000 walkers and about 280 runners hit the Boardwalk for Ocean City’s second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event.

Beverly Furst, chairwoman for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, said she was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support.

“We had more people, more teams and well exceeded our goal [of $125,000] by raising $159,777,” Furst said after the 2012 event. “As part of the Pink Ribbon Classic, we were able to raise more money for research and programs and awareness for the American Cancer Society.”

The third annual 5K run and 3.1-mile walk is scheduled to take place Saturday on the Ocean City Boardwalk. They will start near the inlet parking lot.

As of Tuesday, the online donation total was more than $120,300 and climbing. Sixty-seven teams and 528 participants had also pre-registered.

The goal this year is to have between 1,200 and 1,500 people participate and raise $200,000, Furst said in August after a Making Strides run/walk kickoff event at Jive on 82nd Street.

On Tuesday, she was confident that goal would be met.

On the day of the 5K run/walk, registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the inlet parking lot. The cost is $40 for the run and $35 for the walk. Participants will receive a T-shirt.

The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. The walk is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Runners will race around the pier, then on the Boardwalk to about 15th Street and head back the same way. The course is the same for the walk.

Awards will be presented to the top race finishers and fundraisers.

A Zumba and line dancing warm-up will take place before the 5K run. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and Sen. Jim Mathias are among the opening ceremony speakers. Survivor Sheryl Mitrecic will sing and cancer survivors with be recognized.

DJ Rupe will be the event’s emcee and provide the music. There will also be Pink Ribbon merchandise for sale in the inlet parking lot. A tent will be set up for survivors.

For more information, call Furst at 410-749-1635 ext. 29113 or e-mail Beverly.Furst@cancer.org. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd or “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Ocean City, MD” on Facebook. A parking pass is available for download on the Web site.

Since 1993, nine million cancer charity walkers across the country have raised more than $528 million through Making Strides events to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Last year alone, supporters raised more than $68 million nationwide to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.

The Making Strides 5K run and walk is one of several events planned through the local Pink Ribbon Classic Series. Each October, recognized nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Classic Series provides an assortment of activities designed to raise awareness, while garnering money for the American Cancer Society.

The final Pink Ribbon Classic events include:

—Golf Tournament: Friday, Oct. 18, Ocean City Golf Club, presented by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Entry fee is $100 per person, $400 per team of four and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and an official tournament gift bag. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Awards presented in all divisions. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. It is a scramble format tournament with a noon shotgun start. There will be three divisions based on handicap and one fun non-competing division. Call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or e-mail ewgnancy@aol.com.

“We want to encourage everyone to come out and support this wonderful cause,” Dofflemyer said.

Last year, 103 ladies competed in the tournament. More than $27,500 was generated, including $6,500 in in-kind donations.

—Mah Jongg Tourney: Thursday, Oct. 24 at Golden Sands, 109th Street. Pre-registration is requested by Monday, Oct. 21. All levels of players, individuals and groups, are welcome. Contact event chairwoman Darlene Botts at dbkatt47@verizon.net or 410-409-7528 for more information and to reserve a seat. Registration fee is $30 payable the day of the event. Registration for reserved seats only begins at 9 a.m. Game play will start at 10 a.m. First, second and third place finishers will receive prizes. There will also be door prizes as well as light breakfast fare and lunch. Raffle tickets for a Pink Ribbon Mah Jongg set will be available and cost $10.

“The number of players has nearly tripled since the first tournament in 2008,” Botts said.

Last year, more than $2,900 was garnered during the event, which drew 63 ladies.

–Crop Out Cancer: Friday, Nov. 8 at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street. Scrapbooking event from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. A $40 donation to the American Cancer Society will get participants cropping space, use of all tools, access to vendors and special door prizes. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Call event chairwoman, Susan Childs at 443-235-2926 for reservations or more information.

—”Pamper Yourself for Charity” Raffle: For 16 years, Carol Withers, owner of A Perfect Face Day Spa, has organized an October fundraiser in honor of her mother, Elizabeth Chaney, who lost her battle against breast cancer.

“I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful cause as the Pink Ribbon Classic. It not only helps carry on the legacy of my mother who was a victim of breast cancer, but it also continues support for a very worthy cause,” Wither said.

Throughout the month of October purchase tickets for the raffle at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City. Raffle package includes restaurant and retail store gift certificates, spa products, hotel stay, clothing and accessories, candy and wine, among many other items. For the full list, visit www.aperfectface.com/cancer-support.

Tickets cost $5 each or six for $25. For more information, call 410-213-9883 or visit www.aperfectface.com. The drawing will be Monday, Nov. 4.

Last year, a total of $4,620 was raised for the American Cancer Society through the raffle.

Dofflemyer, Judy Johnson Schoellkopf and members of the Executive Women’s Golf Association established the Classic in 1996. Since its inception, the series has raised nearly $1.5 million for the cause.

“We are very fortune to live where so many businesses and volunteers are so very generous with their support and donating their precious time,” Dofflemyer said. “We could have never grown without the support of our amazing Pink Ribbon Classic and Making Strides committee’s endless unseen hours of work and dedication.”

While some of the money raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic will be earmarked for national breast cancer research, the remainder will stay on the Eastern Shore, where it will be used for education projects, patient programs and services.

Some of those include free wigs for patients; the Look Good Feel Better program, which teaches patients how to cope with the cosmetic side-effects of treatment; Reach to Recovery, a one-on-one support visitation program by trained breast cancer survivors for new patients; Road to Recovery, which offers patients transportation to and from medical facilities for cancer treatments;  Hope Lodge, lodging during treatment; Patient Navigator Program, help with the health care system; Cancer Survivors Network and a 24-hour/seven-day information center with oncology nurses or social workers. All of these services are free.

One in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the ACS for help and support.

The American Cancer Society is the largest source of cancer research funds in the country, next to the U.S. government.

To learn more, visit www.cancer.org, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

More than 1,000 walkers hit the Boardwalk last year for Ocean City’s second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event. About 280 runners took off from the starting line in the inlet parking lot shortly before.

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