Fun run raises funds for CARE to support local cancer patients

Area residents are being asked to put on their running shoes, head to the Mesilla Plaza and help kick-off All Types of Cancer awareness month for February through the Race for CARE.

The race, presented by the non-profit group CARE (Cancer Aid Resource and Education) will be held on Saturday, February 6, at the Mesilla Plaza starting at 9 a.m. Registration is currently being held online at raceadventuresunlimited.com. Participants may choose either a 5K run or 1K fun walk. Cost is $30 per person, or $25 per person if you join a team of at least 10 people.

“This run/walk is very important for the community,” says Yoli Diaz, CARE president/executive director. “For one, it kicks off the month of February which honors all types of cancer which we symbolize through the color lavender. Two, all proceeds from this event are used to help cancer patients with non-medical financial needs as they undergo treatment.”

“We help pay for those things cancer patients should not worry about, such as paying for their rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, gas cards to travel for treatment. Cancer is hard enough without adding the extra burden of worrying about how you’re going to pay for basic needs of life.”

This is the third annual Race for CARE. Registration forms are available via CARE’s website at carelascruces.org or on its Facebook page at facebook.com/CareCancerAidResourceAndEducationInc. Deadline to register is February 4 online, or mailed entries must be postmarked by February 1. Late registration will take place day of the race from 8 – 8:45 a.m. Cost will be $35 per person. The month of February is also National Cancer Prevention Month.

For more information, contact Diaz, at 649-0598.