I haven't promoted local races in the past, but was approached and asked to help promote this race so I figured why not? Atlanta is a big place and I have a lot of local readers to go with the rest of my world-wide readers so if I have the opportunity to give back to the local running community I think I should, especially given the cause that is benefiting. I am not sure if I will be running this race or not so don't walk up to bald-headed guys and introduce yourself, unless of course you are into that kind of thing.
If you are not local, I hope you will overlook the occasional local-centric post. For more information you can follow the links above, but I will leave you with the official News Release:
Atlanta, GA, February 21, 2011 – The annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Picnic will be held Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta. Since its inception in 2002, Lauren’s Run has raised nearly $2.5 million for pediatric cancer research through CURE Childhood Cancer.
This year’s Lauren’s Run is expected to draw more than 2,000 participants for a 5K race, 2K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot. Lauren’s Run was founded in memory of Lauren Zagoria, a local toddler who succumbed to cancer. Today the event continues in her memory as well as that of Lauren Kochman, another local child who also lost her fight with cancer. For more information on the stories of these children, visit here.
"This event is so important to the many families who have been touched in their own lives with a child diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has," says Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE Childhood Cancer. "This event gives them a way to fight back against a devastating disease by raising money to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research. It also provides them the opportunity to join together with other families who have fought or are in the trenches fighting childhood cancer. The event inspires them. And they inspire us.”
CURE Childhood Cancer’s Annual Picnic will follow the event. Sponsored by Speedway Children’s Charities, Publix Charities, Amusement Masters and Folks Southern Kitchen, this picnic is a highlight of the year for hundreds of children with cancer and survivors, providing a day of fun and respite from the daily struggles of dealing with the disease. All proceeds from the day’s events will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.
Founded in 1975, Atlanta, Georgia-based CURE Childhood Cancer has raised millions of dollars for research and ongoing education of pediatric cancer and is focused on supporting childhood cancer experts, locally and nationally, who work daily to discover a cure for pediatric cancer. CURE Childhood Cancer currently funds two pediatric oncology Fellows at the Emory University School of Medicine. CURE Childhood Cancer also offers programs that address the critical/urgent needs of patients and their families. For more information go to www.curechildhoodcancer.org or contact Ms. Kristin Connor, Executive Director, at 770-986-0035.
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