Each year, runners and walkers take to the streets of Newport to help raise money for women with cancer who are treated through the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
The 30th annual Christmas 10K Run & 5K Walk will step off from Rogers High School at 10 am, on Sunday, December 15, 2013.
The race has been organized for years in memory of Tricia Lovett Stallman and in honor of all women who have been touched by cancer.
"This event is beautiful for many reasons. The course in Newport, at Christmastime, is decorated and festive. We have people in holiday costumes and enjoying being outside in the crisp December air. But, the most beautiful part of this event is seeing so many people - young and old, men and women – running and walking to help women with cancer," said Sandra Scuncio, director of the Integrative Care Program in the Program in Women's Oncology.
"Proceeds from the race help us provide various forms of therapy to patients in the hospital and those coming for out-patient care at the Program in Women's Oncology. This includes reiki, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, lymphedema therapy, and yoga. Without the help of these runners and walkers, we would not be able to offer services for free to our hospitalized patients."
Race participants are encouraged to seek sponsors. Online registration is available at www.active.com or by calling (401) 846-0042.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year.In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England's premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation's only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health's Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.