LIMA — Local efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society will soon top $24,000, thanks to a large donation from Lima Memorial Health System and a dozen “real men.”
Speaking at a Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce news conference, American Cancer Society Community Manager Jesse Purcell announced that Lima Memorial will soon donate $10,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a celebration of survivorship that will culminate in a noncompetitive 5K fundraiser.
“Lima Memorial is very proud to partner with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk,” said Nicki Slate, supervisor of Lima Memorial’s Women’s Health Center and chairwoman of the Making Strides walk. “We want to show support for our community and promote health and wellness, along with ensuring no one walks alone in their fight.”
Slate said the $10,000 donation will help fund American Cancer Society programs related to breast cancer, including transportation assistance for patients, education and research studies.
The Making Strides of Lima 5K, which Lima Memorial is sponsoring, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at the University of Northwestern Ohio. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Another fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, known as “Real Men Wear Pink,” has raised $14,574 in one month, Purcell announced. The campaign is among 12 local men who will raise money for the Society until Oct. 31. All competitors have a suggested goal of raising at least $2,500.
The individual who raises the most money will be named the “Real Man of Lima,” and will receive a trip to Cancun, Mexico. The winner will be announced at a wrap-up party Nov. 7.
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