SEATTLE, July 27, 2005 - An estimated 3,000 people are expected to take part in the 11th-annual Swedish SummeRun this Sunday, July 31 at 8 a.m. on Seattle's First Hill. The 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk benefits the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research™ (MRCOCR).
The run begins at 8 a.m. and the walk gets under way at 8:10 a.m. Both events start at the corner of Madison and Minor and head north through Seattle's scenic Capitol Hill neighborhood before finishing back on Swedish's First Hill Campus on Marion St. Families are invited to bring their kids and strollers and join in the walk.
Although ovarian cancer is relatively rare compared to breast cancer, it's usually not detected until it has reached the more advanced stages when it's often too late to cure. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 22,220 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and about 16,210 women will die of the disease.
Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Oncologist Saul Rivkin, M.D., founded the MRCOCR in honor of his late wife, Marsha, who died of the disease in 1993. Through SummeRun proceeds, the center helps fund promising studies that may lead to breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment.
"If more people are made aware of this disease and more funding is made available, maybe someday we'll develop a good diagnostic tool or even a cure," says Dr. Rivkin.
He encourages people to join him and his five daughters in the fight against ovarian cancer by participating in or volunteering at this year's Swedish SummeRun.
Last year's event raised a record-breaking $309,000 for the center's research efforts. Organizers are optimistic this year's event will raise the bar even higher. To date, Swedish SummeRun has generated $1.6 million for the MRCOCR.
Participants will be treated to pre-event music and an aerobics warm-up session as well as a post-event celebration featuring complimentary refreshments and other freebies, music, a tribute to local ovarian-cancer survivors and an awards ceremony.
Registration fees, which include a T-shirt, are $25 per person through Saturday, July 30 or $30 per person on race day. Race-day registration, which will be located on Marion between Boylston and Minor, will begin at 6:30 a.m. Free parking will be available until 2 p.m. in Swedish's Minor and Marion Garage, which can be accessed from the corner of Boren and Marion.
For more information, including how and where to register for or volunteer at the event, call 206-215-6200 or visit www.ontherun.com/swedish
The MRCOCR is named after Marsha Rivkin, late wife of Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologist Dr. Saul Rivkin. Marsha died of ovarian cancer in 1993. Dr. Rivkin and his five daughters created this event in her memory and in recognition of the ongoing fight against this deadly disease. All funds raised through the Swedish SummeRun support the center's mission: To save lives and reduce suffering through improved treatment, early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. A "center without walls," the MRCOCR is the locus for convening local collaborators and for screening women at risk for ovarian cancer. Jointly sponsored by Swedish Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, it is the only center on the West Coast solely dedicated to facilitating ovarian-cancer research. For more information about the center, call 206-215-6200 or 1-800-328-1124 or visit www.marsharivkin.org