Peter Moore was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in his first year of medical school at the University of Colorado. About the same time, a fellow med student suffered a relapse of the disease. After my treatment, I realized that I was in the unique position of being in medical school and having an acute disease that I was learning about, and I wondered if there was some way to take the negative impact of my experience and turn it into something positive, Moore says. To that end, he and a group of his peers started their own non-profit, Medical Students for Lymphoma Research, to promote research through funding and grants, and, perhaps, to encourage funded students to seek out careers in oncology, thereby prolonging the initial effect.
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To hasten their trip up the fundraising ladder, the group came up with the idea for todays first annual Flapjack 5K Run for Lymphoma, a family- and dog-friendly event taking place beginning at 9 a.m. in City Park, 17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Along with the main run, there will be a stroller-and-dog division and a Short Stack Sprint for kids; registration ranges from $15 to $35 and includes the race fee, a T-shirt and unlimited sausage and pancakes after the run. Visit www.lymphosite.org to sign up.
Sun., Aug. 15, 9 a.m., 2010