More than 600 cancer survivors and their families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals participated in this year’s fourth annual Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk to celebrate life with fellow survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and remember those who have passed. Held annually on National Cancer Survivors Day, Hope in Motion honors survivors of all types of cancers at all stages of the cancer journey – whether they were diagnosed recently or have been cancer-free for decades.
This year, 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.
This year’s Hope in Motion, the signature annual event for Minnesota Oncology, raised more than $50,000 for Angel Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit that provides adults in active cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance to pay for non-medical expenses such as rent, mortgage, food, fuel, and utilities. Angel Foundation also provides education and support for families with children who are facing a parental or caregiver cancer diagnosis. Over the last four years, Hope in Motion has raised approximately $150,000 for Angel Foundation.
“What a rewarding experience to be a part of Hope in Motion. Not only does this event raise significant funds for Angel Foundation, it is also so powerful to be surrounded by such hope and passion for supporting each other,” said Andrew Rosen, President of Angel Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to Minnesota Oncology for helping make life a little easier for Minnesota families struggling with cancer.”
Many of the participants were Minnesota Oncology patients in recovery who had been training their bodies for the race. Live music was provided by Minnesota Oncology nurse and breast cancer survivor Yana Reko.
Sunday Burquest, a Minnesota Oncology patient, breast cancer survivor, and recent contestant on CBS’s Survivor, gave an inspirational speech at the event.
“When you’re dealing with cancer, life is a roller coaster ride. You experience moments of deep despair and also moments of breathtaking optimism,” said Burquest. “Hope in Motion is a special event because it brings survivors together with loved ones to celebrate hope – regardless of where they’re at in their cancer journey.
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. Also, please save the date for Hope in Motion 2018 which will be on June 3.
Hope in Motion 2017 Sponsors and Community Partners
Thank you to these partner organizations for helping make Hope in Motion possible and supporting survivors and Angel Foundation.
Table Sponsors & In Kind Sponsors
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