The Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Foundation Board of Directors has announced that the Seacoast Cancer 5K
, originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, will take place virtually in 2020. The move to a virtual format is a result of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and a precaution to protect the health and safety of those in the greater Seacoast community.
Since it started in 2014, the Seacoast Cancer 5K has raised more than $1.4 million dollars and has become one of the region’s largest fundraising events with more than 3,400 participants in 2019 alone. Proceeds from the 5K stay in the community to support lifesaving care and services for patients and their families at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer Center. The cancer center, now with locations in Dover and Portsmouth, offers the most comprehensive cancer care in the area.
The fundraising goal for the 2020 Seacoast Cancer 5K is $500,000, raised through registrations, sponsorships, and individual and team fundraising.
This year’s event will be an “Anytime 5K,” allowing participants and teams to complete their 5K route anytime over a two-week period using a customized race app. Awards will be presented to top finishers in each age group, as well as top fundraising teams and individuals.
Registration for the virtual Seacoast Cancer 5K will have three levels: basic registration is $25; registration with a race shirt is $30. For those “5K Fanatics” the registration fee is $40 and includes a race shirt and a “goody bag” of fun race swag, including a car magnet, button, decals, bracelet, and more.
Boston hoops favorite and game analyst Brian Scalabrine will return as the Seacoast Cancer 5K’s honorary captain for the third year, rallying the community around this important cause. Sponsors and top fundraisers will also have an opportunity to participate in a virtual meet and greet with “Scal.”
“Cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we!” says Cristine C. More, CFRE Chief Philanthropy Officer, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Foundation. “The decision to go 100% virtual allows us to continue this annual tradition that our Seacoast residents, staff, and patients look forward to each year. As the nonprofit hospital of choice in the Seacoast, Wentworth-Douglass holds patient safety as our top priority. We encourage everyone to ‘Anytime 5K’ and look forward to connecting virtually to celebrate hope, survivorship, and togetherness. We are incredibly grateful to our community for their ongoing and continued support of this important annual fundraising event.”
Thank you to the sponsors that have already stepped up to support this crucial community fundraiser, including Blue Dolphin Screenprint & Embroidery, First Seacoast Bank, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Radiation Oncology Associates, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Medical Oncology & Hematology, Seacoast Dermatology, Dermatology & Skin Health, Cameron’s Home and Garden Center, Demoulas Market Basket Foundation, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Runner’s Alley, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA, and Dupont’s Service Center. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation at (603) 740-3292.