Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sari Center Inaugural 5K

Today I participated in the inaugural 5K run/walk for the Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care.  It was a wonderful day for a walk, and with 325 participants it was a great turnout for a 1st ever event.

The Sari Center opened in 2008, it provides integrative therapies for cancer patients.  I had the pleasure of being part of the staff that opened the center back in 2008.  The mission is something I believe in, when you integrate complementary therapies with traditional courses of treatments for cancer you get results that strengthen "mind, body and spirit".  To date the center has served over 1200 cancer patients.  (Check out their website to learn more about them).

Today's walk was the first in what is to become an annual event.  I am happy to be able to say I was there when it all started.  The weather was absolutely perfect for an early morning walk.  I got off to a late start, which resulted in not walking with the masses, but I made it! That is what counts.

There was a timed run in addition to a walk, so I did get there in time to see the winners cross the finish line and I decided not to do my walking until after the award ceremony.  I was accompanied by my sis (a 2x cancer survivor and previous patient of the center) and I took one of my fur babies with me (he needed the exercise, and yes, my diva girl Daphne was none too pleased when I got home; I will have to make it up to her).  We walked our walk and were unofficially the last ones to cross the finish line (unofficial, because they had already broken down the line ~ LOL).

The walk took place at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL.  I had been to this park before for other walks, but I always forget what a nice park it is.  It has a heart fit trail, and a measured path, so it will have to be a park I revisit just to work out.

Rusty contemplating whether he was ready for this walk

(Shhh, I didn't let Rusty see this sign)

Sis agrees, it was a GREAT day for a walk!
 I took this picture to make it official, I was there!
 
We got to see a lot of pretty birds, etc. along the way.

I told Rusty "lets go home", and he took off.
Overall, it was a GREAT walk, with GREAT company, for a GREAT cause!
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