Community 5K and fun run raises over $52,000 for local breast cancer research
In an inspiring display of community support, the 6th annual Pink Up The Pace 5k and Fun Run raised record funds for Alabama breast cancer research. Organized by the Junior Board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) and presented by ABC 33/40 and Benton Nissan of Hoover and Bessemer, this year’s event, held at Crestline Field on Sunday, October 22, netted an impressive $52,790 while drawing nearly 500 race participants between the 5K and 1-mile Dolly Dash.
In the 5K, Timothy Sevcik finished first for the men and Abbie Clark took home first place for the women. Full race results are available here.
“In the world of breast cancer research, every dollar counts, and this year’s record-breaking contribution from our community will make a significant impact,” said William Lynch, president of the BCRFA Junior Board. “These funds will serve as a powerful catalyst for innovative breast cancer research, driving groundbreaking discoveries, improving patient care, and ultimately, bringing us one step closer to eradicating this disease.”
Event festivities extended beyond the finish line, with a lively post-race celebration, including live music by Daniel Logsdon, face painting, a bounce house, and an inflatable obstacle course. Guests also enjoyed refreshments generously provided by Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Craft’s, Cahaba Brewing Co. and brick + tin.
Since the first race in 2018, Pink Up The Pace event has netted over $160,000 to support the BCRFA’s mission. All proceeds will be invested in collaborative, innovative breast cancer research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. All funds stay in Alabama, but the impact is worldwide.
Next year, the BCRFA will rebrand the event as Bolt for Breast Cancer, a name unique to the organization. The race and event format and location will remain the same, ensuring continuity in the community’s support for breast cancer awareness.
Information on the upcoming Bolt for Breast Cancer and other BCRFA events is available at bcrfa.org/events.
Special thanks to all of the 2023 Pink Up The Pace sponsors, including:
Benton Nissan of Hoover & Bessemer, ABC 33/40, Vulcan Materials Company, Medical Properties Trust, Regions, Bham Now, Mary Chollet and Camper O’Neal, Alabama Graphics, Alabama Power Company, Gilead Sciences, AmWINS Brokerage of Alabama, CerFlux, Inc., First Call Financial, Penske, Fravert, StoneX, S&S Automotive, Ron Davidson Law Firm, Southeastern Jewelers, Three Arbor Insurance, Avadian Credit Union, LibertyFi, Club Pilates Homewood, Comprehensive Breast Health, Lear Corporation, Vulcan Imaging Associates Women’s, Heidelberg Materials, City Paper Co., Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cahaba Brewing Co., Dentons Sirote, TopView Sports, Boehm Nolan, and Craft’s.
About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Founded in 1996, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising breast cancer research in Alabama and raising community awareness and funding for that research. BCRFA funds promote a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer by fueling collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent, and eradicate the disease. Thanks to generous community support, BCRFA’s lifetime investment in life-saving research is nearly $14 million. All funding stays in Alabama, but the impact is worldwide. Learn more about our mission and breakthroughs at www.bcrfa.org.
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