SOUTH FLORIDA BUZZ: 7th Annual “I Care I Cure I Run”

When my 10 year old son was diagnosed at 3 months old with stage 5b Retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) I wanted to find out as much information as I could on how this cancer is developed and what steps we needed to take on getting him cured. We were blessed to have world renowned ophthalmologist, Timothy Murray, right here in Miami. He immediately started radiation and chemotherapy sessions on my son which resulted in him removing his left eye but has been cancer free for 9 years. Back in 2004 Retinoblastoma was a RARE EYE CANCER but now in 2014 Dr.Murray’s caseload is in the hundreds which doesnt make it so rare in my opinion. Thats why I’m making it my duty to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma and to support all foundations raising awareness for children with cancer.
I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation will be hosting the 7th Annual I Care I Cure…I Run 5K and Family Fun Day Mile Color Run on Sunday, February 9, 2014 7:30 am at the BB&T Center located in Sunrise, FL (west of the Sawgrass Outlet Mall). The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for cutting-edge research for better cures for childhood cancer. 

The walk/run is open to adults and children and welcomes both serious and casual competitors. The Race features a certified 5K race course and medals for race category winners and youth participants. This year, I Care I Cure has added a Mile Color Run, beginning at 8:45am, in which participants wear white t-shirts and run a mile while experiencing a deluge of safe, nontoxic, color. This component of the race is open to children and adults. Participants may choose to run the 5K or the Color Run individually or run both. Participants may register to run individually or form a team. The race will be followed by a Family Fun Day with activities for kids, free food and entertainment until 11 a.m. Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 participants and helped to fund $150,000 in research grants to find gentler cures for childhood cancer. The 2014 I Care I Cure…I Run Platinum Sponsors include: Greenberg Traurig, Gold Coast Beverage, I Care I Cure…I Cycle and the Tannenbaum Family. Other sponsors include: Insane Cookies, the Marlins, Crown Crafts, The Miami Dolphins, Nike, BBX Capital and University School at NSU and Joel Kassowitz. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Registration includes a t-shirt, food and drinks, and full access to the family fun day that will include food, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and other activities for children. Advance registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $25 for adults, $20 for children; race day registration is an additional $10. The Mile Color Run registration is $25 for adults, $20 for children or a $10 add on fee for runners registering for the 5K. Register online at www.icareicure.org through 5:00PM February 7. For further information call 800-807-8013 or contact Babette Ferre-Kosar at info@icareicure.org.

About I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation 
Brad and Beth Besner of Davie, FL, founded I Care I Cure after their 11-year-old son, Ian, died from complications related to treatments for leukemia. The I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation educates the public about scientific breakthroughs in genetic childhood cancer research that are within reach but seriously underfunded. Since its inception, ICIC has funded more than $1,000,000 of innovative research in addition to receiving matching funds of more than $600,000 toward targeted therapy research. “The I Care I Cure…I Run is signature event that has become more than a race. It is about families, health and the spirit and strength of community involvement in the hopes of finding gentler cures for childhood cancer”.

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