Race supports prostate cancer research, men's health
Almost everyone knows about the Susan J. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual event to raise money for breast cancer research.
But you might not know about the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge Dash for Dad, a fundraising race that aims to be a similar advocate for men's health; money raised goes to help in the fight against prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of men's cancer deaths.
Oklahoma City's second annual Dash for Dad will be Sept. 8. It includes a 1-mile fun walk, a 5K race and — new this year — a half marathon.
Awards will be given to winners and to those who achieve a personal best time. Door prizes will be awarded.
The event is an OKC Running Club Series Race.
Races begin at 8 a.m. at Lake Hefner's Stars and Stripes Park.
Registration for the half marathon is $35 before Sept. 7 and $40 on race day. The 5k is $25 before Sept. 7 and $30 on race day. The mile-long walk is $10. If that's too much work, simply donate $25 to Doze for Dad, and you'll receive a Dash for Dad T-shirt.
Register at greatprostatecancerchallenge.com/races/oklahoma-city. The site explains how to form or join a team, raise money and more.
Cancer study seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society is seeking more than 1,000 Oklahoma volunteers for a 20-year cancer prevention study.
Oklahoma participants will join hundreds of thousands of volunteers nationwide in the Society's historic Cancer Prevention Study-3. The goal is to better understand the causes and prevention of cancer.
The study will follow participants' health for more than two decades to see how genetics, environment and lifestyle affect cancer rates. About 300,000 volunteers are needed nationwide, including 25 percent from diverse populations, according to a news release. The study will build on work that began in the 1950s.
The study is open to people 30 to 65 years old who have never been diagnosed with cancer.
“Those enrolling will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a comprehensive health survey, provide physical measurements and give a small blood sample,” the release states. “Participants must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study and complete periodic surveys at home.”
Enrollment will be Sept. 18-22 in Oklahoma City. To schedule an appointment, go to www.cancerstudy.org or call (888) 604-5888.
The Fine Arts Institute is hosting its annual “5K to Monet” Aug. 25. The event includes a 1-mile family fun run and a 5k race. The runs begin and end at the statue of Claude Monet in the front garden of the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E Edwards, in Edmond.
Proceeds will help with the institute's operational costs and keep tuitions and fees low, the release states.
Registration for the 5k is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. The fun run is $10 in advance or $15 on race day.
Medals will be awarded to winners in standard age groups. T-shirts will be included with preregistration only. A midpoint water station and after-race snacks will be provided. The race distance is measured for USA Track and Field certification.
The fun run begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5k at 8:30 a.m.
Register at the institute or go online to www.edmondfinearts. com or www.signmeup.com.
Event to help transplant patient
“Party with a Purpose” this weekend to help a Choctaw kidney transplant recipient.
Jonathan Aguilar, 30, has received two kidney transplants. He first discovered he had kidney problems after he was turned down for the Army at age 18 because his blood pressure was too high. A few months later, he learned his kidneys were functioning at just 25 percent.
He was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which caused scar tissue to form in his kidneys, according to a news release. His first transplant was in 2007, but three years later it began to fail. He received his second transplanted kidney in 2011.
He is doing well now, enjoying life with his wife and son. But the medical expenses are crippling. A transplant costs about $250,000. Post-transplant medications, the release states, “are very costly, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.”
Volunteers are planning a “Party with a Purpose” from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Junior Hospitality Club, 9002 N May Ave. Attendees will be able to shop from various vendors who will set up at the club, including Mary Kay Cosmetics, Stella & Dot, Sass-A-Frass, It Works Body Wraps, Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, Tastefully Simple and Brown Cow Bakeshop.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Transplants in Aguilar's honor. The foundation is a nonprofit that helps patients raise funds for transplant-related expenses.
The National Foundation for Transplants, a nonprofit that helps patients raise funds for transplant-related expenses, has been helping the Aguilars.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Ste. 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Write “in honor of Jonathan Aguilar” on the memo line.
Secure donations also may be made online at www.transplants.org. Click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Aguilar.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS