Orlando - For 37 years, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends have stepped out to help other women by running or walking the Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5k.  On Saturday, January 31, 2015 this 3.1 mile run & walk

event will take place in Winter Park and will celebrate its 38th anniversary by raising funds for the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund.  This fund provides free mammograms and diagnostic screenings for local, un-insured

Mead Garden in Winter Park provides a lush setting for this all-women’s run/walk event, among the few ladies-only races in the US.  “When women entered the sport of running back in the late 70’s we felt it was important
to create a special event just for women that celebrates their accomplishment,” says Jon Hughes, co-owner of Track Shack, a local specialty running retail store and event management company.

For the 38th anniversary special emphasis is being placed on providing one mammogram at a time for un-insured and under-served women in this area.  Raising just $135 helps provide a mammogram to one un-insured
woman who needs help.  The Breast Cancer Care Fund was established in 2010. Since then it has supported 1,573 patients through financial assistance necessary to receive screenings and any additional diagnostic testing to
make a  breast cancer diagnoses. Of those screened through funding assistance from the Breast Cancer Care Fund, 47 instances of breast cancer were found.
"This special fund allows our clinical team to do some incredible things for the women of central Florida.  We’re grateful to all the runners and walkers for helping these women receive the best medical care and early
detection regardless of insurance or ability to pay,” Courtney Staup of the Florida Hospital Foundation.”

The 5k is open to female runners and walkers age 8 and above.  All participants receive a Raw Threads super-soft, pink tech tee and tutu from Tough Girl Tutus and a finisher’s medal.  Although it’s an all-women’s
race, husbands, fathers, sons and brothers who are interested in supporting the cause can participate in the Virtual race and receive commemorative items. Race time is 7:30 a.m.  A free kids’ run follows the 5k at 8:45 a.m.

Registration is required for the Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5k.  Information and registration available at www.LadyTrackShack5k.com

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