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5th Annual Superhero 5K Benefits Local Cancer Patients

Phelps County Regional Medi­cal Center (PCRMC) held the 5th Annual Superhero 5K walk/ fun run at Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla in June. This event raises money to help local cancer patients through the Phelps Re­gional Health Care Foundation’s Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

This year, more than $11,000 was raised for the fund, which provides financial assistance for patients undergoing cancer treat­ments who may have difficulty managing their daily activities due to their cancer diagnosis. This fund assists with prescrip­tion medications, wigs, food sup­plements, mastectomy bras and recovery supplies, rehabilitation and other needs, as identified.

Over 220 runners and walkers of all ages took part in this year’s fun run and walk. Several super­heroes lined the race course to cheer on the participants. Many everyday heroes attended, too, in­cluding deputies with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, firefight­ers with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, and EMS crews with PCRMC. The Phelps Air emer­gency medical helicopter also flew in for the event, and attend­ees could meet the flight crew in person.

The Superhero 5K premier spon­sor this year was PCRMC ENT physician Brian Kriete, MD, while PCRMC orthopedic surgeon Alan Heincker, DO, was the award sponsor.

Several other PCRMC providers sponsored the event, including medical oncologist and hema­tologist Tezo Karedan, MD; ENT physician Judyann Kren­ning, MD; OB/GYN physician Beena Green, MD; certified nurse midwives Heather Wildebrandt, WHNP, and Karen Ulrich; psy­chiatrist Vaishali Shah, MD; urologist Geoff Lloyd-Smith, MD; and hospitalist Gerardo Ismael G. Gueco, MD.

Additionally, PCRMC appreci­ates all of the local businesses and community members who sponsored the Superhero 5K. Without them, this event would not be possible.

Once again, there was a bounce house and inflatable slide avail­able for the children to play, and Summertime Sno-Shaved Ice offered snow-cones for sale. MOCA Head Start offered face painting, while Drama Force Pro­ductions presented a short skit for the participants after the race.

Medals were awarded to the top three male and female finishers in various age groups. Participants were encouraged to dress up for the event, and prizes were award­ed for the best superhero cos­tumes. Sunny 104.5 broadcasted live from the event, too.

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