Lee Memorial Health System Runs Toward Cancer Awareness

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The Lee Memorial Health System continued their goal of raising awareness for head and neck cancer with their third annual 5k run/2 mile, which raised funds for local cancer patients. This year, the health system raised over $38,000 thanks to over 300 participants and other generous donors, according to Stacey Brill, speech pathologist. All of the funds stay locally to provide education and financial assistance to the area’s patients and survivors.

The Henry Schein Cares Foundation (HSC) provided a donation of two health kits to the event. With this, the health system was able to supply gift bags that included educational information as well as free screenings by dentists and physicians for participants.

“Oral, head and neck cancer screenings are essential for the individuals that are in need of them,” said Ms. Brill. “We were able to screen 75 people in three hours this year.”

HSC has a goal of “Helping Health Happen.” The foundation has provided grants to close to 50 not-for-profit organizations in order to achieve the goal. In just 2014 alone, The Henry Schein Cares’ Global Donation program funded more than $6 million to humanitarian organizations.