CONCORD, Mass. — Emerson Hospital’s recent 5K Run-Walk for Cancer, sponsored by the Emerson Auxiliary, raised more than $10,000 for cancer services at the Bethke Cancer Center. More than 425 hospital employees, volunteers, medical staff and auxiliary and community members participated in the fund-raising event.
“This year we had a record turnout,” said Lori Noonan, director of cancer services and strategic projects. “The community and employees really showed their support for the cancer center and our patients. We appreciate the many hours of hard work that the Emerson Auxiliary and staff put into making this a great community event.”
Money raised from the Run-Walk supports cancer programs at Emerson Hospital. “Most people have had to deal with the issue of cancer at some point in their lives, whether it is related to their own personal experience or in a supportive role, caring for a dear family member or close friend,” said Run-Walk participant David Dubinsky, a Chelmsford resident and director of managed care at Emerson Hospital. “Research developments and advancements in treatment options have provided great hope and extended lives in recent years. Emerson Hospital’s cancer prevention, diagnoses and treatment interventions continue to grow, mirroring the many global advancements. Emerson provides state-of-the-art, community-based clinical interventions to patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. My wife, Catherine, and our dog, Shiba, and I would participate in endless ‘Run-Walks’ to support the dedicated and highly-regarded work that Emerson Hospital’s cancer caregivers provide to our community.”
“I just enjoy the whole atmosphere of the day,” added Acton resident Ginny Dow, RN, BSN, BC, manager of cardiac rehabilitation at Emerson Hospital, who also participated in the Run-Walk. “I love running, and the feeling of community spirit is so strong at this event. I find it wonderful on many levels.”
The Bethke Cancer Center, ranked in the top 1 percent for patient satisfaction across all surveyed Massachusetts cancer centers, was founded at Emerson Hospital in 1997 and offers expert, state-of-the-art treatment and cancer care in a comfortable setting. By partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital, and collaborating with Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care, the center provides high-quality treatment and technology. The Bethke Cancer Center, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, offers outpatient services in hematology, medical oncology and radiation oncology.
The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports the hospital through community awareness, health-related education and fundraising activities.