Lakeland Regional Health’s First Promise Run Successfully Crosses the Finish Line

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  •  Foundation Spotlight

“In honor of survivor and fighter Brandon Adam and Lydia Rivera. I love you! Ariella Adams”

“My first 10k … for 10 years cancer free! Kelly Baker”

“In honor of My Favorite Warrior Ruthy fighting Breast Cancer for the 2nd Time!”

Sentiments like these made Lakeland Regional Health’s first Promise Run on March 21, 2015, not only a fundraising and awareness success but also an emotional and personal achievement for each participant crossing the finish line.

Promise Run Pre Race

The Promise Run drew more than 1,800 runners and 220 volunteers

Held at Lakeland’s Munn Park, the Promise Run’s 5k and 10k races drew more than 1,800 runners and 220 volunteers. The event, planned by Lakeland Regional Health’s Women in Philanthropy, raised $189,000, which will be used to offset construction costs for the new chemotherapy area at Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center.

“We are so pleased the community came together in a big way for such a special cause,” said Tim Boynton, Director of Advancement for Lakeland Regional Health Foundation. “We were amazed by the show of support from runners and walkers, cancer survivors, families of cancer patients and donors.”

Promise Run Participants

Finishing the race with hugs from loved ones

Some of the participants themselves were cancer survivors, finishing the race with hugs from loved ones and tears in their eyes. The Promise Run’s youngest runner was 4 years old, and the oldest runner was 91. Many of the runners formed teams in memory of a cancer patient or in honor of a cancer survivor, with the largest being Team Karen, boasting 62 people.

The handwritten notes mentioned above decorated a large banner that the community and team members were invited to sign.

“I am inspired by the community’s response to this event,” said Graham F. Greene, MD, FACS, FRCS, Executive Director, Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center. “Every step taken helped to strengthen the health of our community.”

Trophies given to top runners

Trophies given to top runners

The top overall female runner in the 10k was Amanda Speakman, with a finish time of 44 minutes and 53 seconds. The top overall male runner in the 10k was Brian Miller, with a finish time of 38 minutes and 22 seconds. The top overall female winner in the 5k was Haley Alam, with a time of 21 minutes and 15 seconds, and the top overall male winner in the 5k was Mike Furman, with a time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds. Visit PromiseRun.org for a complete list of event results.

Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center is a place for healing and hope. The state-of-the-art campus provides specialized services, including medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, surgical oncology and urologic oncology to Central Florida. The Cancer Center is staffed with 15 board-certified physicians and more than 150 clinical, administrative and research professionals. Currently, the Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center is participating in 38 clinical trials and its research over the years has helped to bring 50 FDA-approved chemotherapy and biologic medications to the marketplace.

Learn more about the Promise Run.