The Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation will host their fourth annual “BIGGSteps Toward Cancer Prevention” 5K road race, a USA Track & Field sanctioned event. The 5K and 1-mile walk will both be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Broadmeadow Elementary School in Needham. The 1-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. Kids dashes for ages up to 12 will be run after the completion of the 5K. The event appeals to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities and includes family-friendly features such as a bounce house, music provided by PressPlay Entertainment, games and hot and cold refreshments. Proceeds from the BIGGSteps event benefit cancer prevention research and local organizations providing cancer treatment and care including Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion, Needham and Camp Kesem MIT, a free summer camp for children touched by a parent’s cancer.
Sean Biggs was a Needham resident who lost his battle with cancer in 2012. A devoted husband, father, brother, and son, his many accomplishments included qualifying for and running six Boston Marathons, traveling to four different continents, and a successful career focused on the environment and clean energy; all while remaining the most grounded and genuine person that most had ever met. In late September of 2011, Sean was diagnosed with cancer and received treatment at the BID Cancer Center. He fought cancer with the same amazing spirit that he lived his life.
“As we celebrate the second anniversary of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion, we are thankful for the Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation’s help in carrying on our mission to deliver high-quality cancer care in a community setting,” said Robb Friedman, MD, Medical Director for the BID Cancer Center.
Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem’s flagship program, Camp Kesem, provides free summer camp experiences to over 6,000 children across the country through chapters at 86 colleges and universities including Sean’s graduate school alma mater, MIT. “The Kesem experience provides children a community of children who understand them,” commented Kesem CEO, Jane Saccaro. “For many children, that community is the stepping-stone for improved self-esteem, communication and emotional skills, and outlook on life. Our partnership with the Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation is critical to our ability to support more and more children touched by a parent’s cancer – including right here in the Boston area.”
The focus of the 4th Annual BIGGSteps Toward Cancer Prevention event is to promote everyday ways people can reduce the risk of developing cancer. Participants will receive cancer prevention information and tips and the Foundation is seeking sponsors to provide a “Runner’s Sun Protection Kit” for those who register to run and walk. The kit will feature a sun-shielding performance hat, sport sunglasses with ultraviolet ray protection, sunscreen and sun-protective lip balm. Local businesses that have already
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