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Tara Woods to host cancer run Saturday

By Staff | Jan 3, 2018

For years, it seems that cancers that target men have received less than their share of fundraising efforts as compared to those for women.

For Marie Springsteen, herself a cancer survivor, that wasn’t right.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., she and hundreds of runners and walkers will hit the streets of the Tara Woods community for the Third-annual Facial Hair for Cancer Causes 10K/5K Run two-mile walk.

Springsteen said all cancers are important, but that a lot more focus has been for women, for example on breast cancer, and that the 4 Words Foundation (which she founded and is president of) and 21st Century C.A.R.E. wanted to focus on all cancers.

“We decided we wanted to do one for the boys to show we support men’s cancers as well because it gets lost in the conversation,” Springsteen said.

The event started as a 5K race, but last year they added a 10K element to it. This year, the three-mile walk was shortened to two miles, as the older walkers found the three miles a little too much, Springsteen said.

Springsteen said Tara Woods has been very supportive of the event, as has the North Fort Myers community. The goal now is to bring in people from Port Charlotte to Naples.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., the 10K run will start at 9, with the 5K run and walk to start around 9:05.

Emceed once again by Corey Lazar of WINK-TV, who is also a cancer survivor, this is a timed 10K/5K run with walkers following to show support for men’s cancer awareness.

Pink Heals will have its fire truck there for people to sign and there will be drawings and giveaways there as well.

Proceeds from this event will support cancer awareness, education, and patient financial assistance in Southwest Florida and will benefit programs managed by 4 Words Foundation, Inc. and 21st Century C.A.R.E.

4 Words Foundation provides cancer awareness, education and patient financial assistance to those without insurance, or with insurance who cannot afford the costs required by their health insurance to ensure they receive their cancer screenings, imaging, or diagnostic procedures needed for cancer diagnosis.

21st Century C.A.R.E. provides patients financial assistance for incidental expenses related to active cancer treatments, such as transportation, childcare and temporary housing.

“These are volunteer organizations with no compensation paid to anybody. All the funds stay in the community,” Springsteen said.

Online registration continues until Wednesday, which is $25 for adults, $15 for youth 17 and under, and free for children under age 5. The first 100 preregistered receive a free T-shirt and gift bag.

Add $5 to the cost for day of registration, Children under 5 are still free.

Tara Woods is at 19376 U.S/ 41 N, North Fort Myers.

For more information, visit 4wordsfoundation.org/facial-hair-10k-5k-run-walk