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Race for Victory set for Oct. 4

The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) at The University of Toledo and practicing northwest Ohio physician assistants (PAs) are sponsoring the 2nd Annual “Race for Victory – 5K run/3K walk” on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Swan Creek Preserve Metropark.

This is one of many events the students are planning for National PA Week (Oct. 6 – 12) to help raise awareness of PAs and the physician assistant profession.  SAAAPA member Kim Hebeler is the event chair and assisted by committee chairs: Betsy Szynkowski, Maggi Bulla, Eric Romp, and Laurie Lynch.

All net proceeds from this event will benefit The Victory Center, a local organization which supports and educates cancer patients and their families by providing programs and services in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Programs and services include massage therapy, healing touch, yoga class, and support groups. Cancer patients and their families are able to participate in and benefit from these programs at no cost as a result of individual donations, grants and fundraising events.

Pre-registration for “The Race for Victory” is available online at the UT-SAAAPA website (http://hsc.utoledo.edu/depts/stuaff/stulif/saaapa/2008race_for_victory) until Oct. 2. Forms must be received by Sept. 13 in order to receive a free T-shirt. Monetary donations will also be accepted online and on race day.

Local businesses have donated prizes and gift certificates which will be awarded to the overall race winner and winners from each age/gender group. Various door prizes will also be given away during the awards ceremony. 

This year, SAAAPA is looking to surpass the success of last year’s race with many more participants and is anticipating generous donations to such a valuable organization in our community.






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