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Nearly 1,000 Participate in Florida Hospital Flagler’s Pink Army 5K, Raise $13,000 to Fight Breast Cancer Locally

PALM COAST, Fla., January 20, 2015 – The fourth annual Pink Army 5K in Oct. 2014 was record-breaking in both participants and funds – nearly 1,000 participants helped raise $13,152 for Florida Hospital Flagler’s breast cancer fund, which provides screening mammograms, diagnostic studies and education to local women in need. Representatives of the hospital and the City of Palm Coast celebrated today with the presentation of an oversized check at the City Council meeting.
 
The race, part of the Palm Coast Running Series, offered at 5K that started at the hospital and looped through Central Park in Town Center, as well as a one-mile support walk and a Kids Fun Run. 
 
Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation board chairman Tony Papandrea thanked the City for its partnership for the event, which also involves Flagler Schools and the Chicks with Cans. Participation for Flagler County schoolchildren was discounted as part of the hospital’s efforts to fight childhood obesity.
 
On behalf of the Foundation, former Palm Coast City Council Member Holsey Moorman presented a plaque thanking Mayor Jon Netts for kicking off the Pink Army 5K, and Vice Mayor Bill McGuire accepted with appreciation. (Mayor Netts was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.) 
 
“I’d like to thank you on behalf of the women for whom this money is going to buy screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms,” Papandrea said. “I’m here to thank you for the few women whose surgeries will be paid for. And I’m here to thank you most of all for me because of the hugs I get from the women. When they put their arms around you and look you in the eye and say, ‘You saved my life,’ that’s worth everything we do.”
 
Pink Army 5K Chairwoman Helga van Eckert, executive director of the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity, sent her congratulations after the presentation.
 
“Community events like the hospital’s Pink Army Run/Walk are a great way to inform our residents of the importance of early detection, as well as raise the money needed to provide free exams and mammograms,” van Eckert said. “(Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Executive Director) John Subers and the hospital staff pulled together a great team, and I’m honored to have been part of it.”
 
Mark your calendars now – the 2015 Pink Army 5K is scheduled for Oct. 11. For more information, contact Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.
 
The Florida Hospital Pink Army campaign was launched in the fall of 2010 and is aimed at enlisting individuals to help create greater awareness about the life-saving benefits of annual mammograms and early detection. In its first year alone, the Pink Army enlisted more than 6,000 “soldiers” to battle breast cancer in Volusia and Flagler counties. Now, armed with more than 52,000 soldiers, the Pink Army movement has swept across the state, encouraging Central Floridians to join this important cause. To learn more, visit www.JoinThePinkArmy.com.
 
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital’s main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women’s center and physician offices. For more information, call (386) 586-2000 or visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com. 
 
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On January 20, the Palm Coast City Council presents a check for $13,152 to representatives of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation from the Oct. 2014 Pink Army 5K.