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Hope in Motion 2017

Over 600 Participated in Fourth Annual Hope in Motion 5K & 1-Mile Family Walk to Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

Sunday, June 4, 2017, Lake Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul

Watch the highlight video below and read the full story on our website to learn more about Hope in Motion 2017.

Hope in Motion is Minnesota’s National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, including a 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Family Walk, a 1K Kids Dash, wellness activities, entertainment, speakers, and more. This year we raised over $50,000 in proceeds which will benefit Angel Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides support and programs for cancer survivors and their families.

About Angel Foundation: Founded in 2001, Angel Foundation helps when cancer strikes providing emergency financial assistance and education and support to Minnesota adults living with cancer and their Watch the video below to learn more about Angel Foundation:

Hope in Motion also features:

  • Donation and fundraising opportunities for runners and walkers
  • Entertainment and a festive family atmosphere
  • Inspirational and educational speakers
  • A fun photo booth
  • Activities for children
  • A Survivor-style challenge for kids (new in 2017!)
  • Representatives from many community cancer support organizations
  • A chip-timed, USATF-certified 5K course
  • Age group finisher awards
  • Special awards for the top Male and Female Survivor 5K finishers
  • Fundraising opportunity for Angel Foundation
  • Team registration available
  • Sponsorship opportunities

This year at Hope in Motion, we saw participants of all ages in the Kid’s Dash and 5K walks/races. Below are the top 5K finishers overall, among the cancer survivors who participated, and by age groups.

Cancer Survivor Top Finishers

Male: Mark Thompson, 44, Prior Lake, (22:11.06)

Female: Joanna Cheyka, 46, Inver Grove Heights, (23:50.46)

Overall Top Finishers

Male Overall Top Finisher: Jacob Hallen, 40, of Maple Plain (20:04)

Female Overall Top Finisher: Victoria Phillippi, 25, of Crystal MN (21:30.14)

Top Finishers by Age Group

Male Age Group 1-19: Finn Jacques (20:47)

Female Age Group 1-19: Madeline Lommen (23:16)

Male Age Group 20-29: Blaze Fugina (20:30)

Female Age Group 20-29: Victoria Phillippi (21:31)

 Male Age Group 30-39: Levi Hood (23:51)

Female Age Group 30-39:  Debra Heddle (23:15)

Male Age Group 40-49: Jacob Hallen (20:04)

Female Age Group 40-49: Michaela Tsai (21:37)

Male Age Group 50-59: Tom Yuska (23:43)

Female Age Group 50-59: Kathryn McLachlan (26:06)

Male Age Group 60-69: William Murray (26:17)

Female Age Group 60-69: Patricia Wegworth (27:53)

Male Age Group 70+: Donald Dornfeld (28:29)

Female Age Group 70+: N/A

All 5K results can be found here.

To view photos of from the event, check out the Event Photo Album on Google+ and Photo Station Album on Facebook.  Keep up to date on future event announcements on the Hope in Motion Facebook page.


About National Cancer Survivors Day:

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

It is a day for everyone, whether you're a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

When is National Cancer Survivors Day®?  National Cancer Survivors Day® is observed each year on the first Sunday in June.

What does the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation do?  The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities. Through National Cancer Survivors Day®, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by raising awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.

Who is a cancer survivor? The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. National Cancer Survivors Day® is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate that it has an active, productive cancer survivor population and to bring awareness to the challenges they face during and after treatment.

Hope in Motion 2017 Sponsors and Community Partners

Presenting Sponsor

Champion Sponsor

Star Sponsor

Inspiration Sponsors

Hope Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Honor Sponsors


Table Sponsors & In Kind Sponsors

BeautyCounter by Carissa Vincent

Community Partners

Aurora Whittet, author of Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Colon Cancer Coalition

Firefly Sisterhood

Gilda's Club Twin Cities

Jack's Caregiver Coalition

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Minnesota Chapter

Melanoma Research Foundation

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)

Rein in Sarcoma

Stupid Cancer

Young Survival Coalition

Teri Mascotti - Chemolicious