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.