Take the Team Cure Challenge at the TOPS 5K/10K

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to take part in the TOPS 5K/10K Run/Family Walk, set for Saturday, August 28 at the TOPS/National Fuel Headquarters in Williamsville, NY. All proceeds from the event will raise funds for cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute through the Team Cure Challenge program.

The third annual TOPS 5K/10K is ideal for families, walkers and runners of all ability levels. The event will begin at the TOPS/National Fuel Headquarters, 6363 Main Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221. The registration fee and minimum donation to participate is $20 per runner before the event, and $25 on the day of the race.

Susan Sullivan, a Buffalo woman who is currently in treatment for lung cancer, will lead a team at the TOPS 5K/10K to raise funds for Roswell Park. Sullivan’s team, “Breath of Life,” is made up of more than 70 walkers and runners from the community who are inspired by her personal fight and support her efforts to help other patients as she faces her own experience with cancer.

“This is a great cause that builds a lot of camaraderie, and is also a great way to bring more awareness to the need for cancer research,” said Sullivan. “If the money we raise helps put an end to cancer, I’ll feel like I’ve done something with my experience.”

The event will conclude with a post-race party featuring an awards ceremony, refreshments, auctions, raffles and more. Registration opens on race day at 7:30 am, and both races will begin at 9:30 am.

Participants are encouraged to prepare for the event by stopping by the Pre-Race Packet Pickup session on Friday, August 27, from noon - 6 p.m. at the TOPS store located at 5274 Main St. in Williamsville.

Learn more or register at www.TeamCureChallenge.com or by calling 716-845-3179.

Listen to Team Cure Challenge Coordinator Emily Smaldino on WYRK Breakfast Club.

The TOPS 5K/10K Challenge is presented by TOPS Markets and Pepsi, and co-sponsored by National Fuel, Bank of America, WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV.

About Team Cure at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Team Cure exists to help raise funds through community-initiated events to support lifesaving cancer research and compassionate patient care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Team Cure events are managed by the Special Events Department of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization that receives and administers funds supporting scientific and clinical research, state-of-the-art medical care, and patient-related activities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org