The Gathering Place is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Race for the Place with a virtual race, which is scheduled to take place May 29 to June 7.
Presented by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, participants are encouraged to walk or run their miles throughout the week and then participate in a special Cancer Survivors Day® and race ceremony from Facebook or Instagram.
"As we contend with the challenge of COVID-19, we recognize that cancer does not stop and neither do the needs of our participants that are coping with the impact of their own or a loved one's diagnosis," said Michele Seyranian, chief executive officer of The Gathering Place.
"The ability for The Gathering Place to continue providing free programs and services that help individuals and families cope with cancer emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially is as important now as it has ever been."
The Race for the Place helps fund the free services offered at The Gathering Place. Since COVID19 prompted the need to stop in-person programming, The Gathering Place has been providing virtual programs via Facebook Live, GoToMeeting and Zoom. These virtual programs include support groups, programming for children and teens, hands-on cooking classes, exercise classes and lectures and workshops.
The annual event has raised nearly $3 million since its inception. Lead sponsors for Race for the Place include Ancora, Dollar Bank, MultiPlast Systems, Medical Mutual, Parker and SITE Centers.
A National Cancer Survivors Day and special 20th anniversary race ceremony is set to take place at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook and Instagram.
Register individually or start a team online at www.racefortheplace.com or by calling The Gathering Place at 216-595-9546.
Entry fees for the 5k race (age 16 and older) is $25 ($18 for ages 6-15). The 1-mile race is $20 for runners, age 16 and older and $15 for runners, age 6-15.
Those who want to support The Gathering Place or friends and family participating in the event can go to www.racefortheplace.com to make a donation. To learn more about The Gathering Place, visit www.touchedbycancer.org.