Registration Open for Second Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race|
CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 13, 2011) - Online registration is now open for the second annual Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness Race scheduled for September 10, 2011, in Clearwater, Fla.
The family-friendly 5K run/walk is presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, and benefits Morton Plant Mease community screenings and education services and assists prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment.
The 5K will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on the Morton Plant Hospital campus and the course will take runners through surrounding waterfront neighborhoods. There will also be a Kids Dash starting at 9 a.m.
The event hopes to build on last year's successful inaugural event that attracted more than 500 participants, including a number of prostate cancer survivors.
Participants can register by visiting www.imathlete.com/events/mpmf5k. The registration fee is $25 until Aug. 31 and $30 after Sept. 1. The registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10. Online registration closes Sept. 7, with late registration available Sept. 9 and day of the race.
The race is part of Morton Plant Mease's recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Awareness events will include screenings and lectures.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, and one out of every six males will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime.
"Early detection is key. And with advanced treatments available, prostate cancer patients can experience a good recovery and a full and active life," said Scott Klavans, MD, chair of the Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race planning committee.
The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease offer prostate cancer patients the most advanced treatment options available to combat the disease, including robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and ultrasound-guided seed implantation. Additional treatment options include traditional surgery to remove the prostate gland, external beam radiation therapy and hormone therapy. A variety of support groups and services are also available to all cancer patients and their families to help them cope with the impact of cancer on their daily lives.
For more information on the Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race, please call (727) 253-4056.
About Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is a part of BayCare Health System which is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime.
About Morton Plant Mease Foundation
Established in 1977, Morton Plant Mease Foundation is a charitable organization providing philanthropic support to the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care to achieve medical excellence and provide the care of our community needs.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime.
With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.
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