Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Pinewood Preparatory School is putting a new philanthropic spin on its annual 5K race. This year’s Pinewood Back Nine 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will benefit local nonprofit Chase After a Cure. The race is scheduled from 7:45-11 a.m. April 20 at Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club, 118 Legend Oaks Way in Summerville.
The partnership between Pinewood Prep and Chase After a Cure began at the end of last year when the independent school kicked off a series of fundraisers to benefit Chase After a Cure, which raises funds for pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Head of School Steve Mandell has committed to shaving his head should the students reach their $10,000 fundraising goal. The money will be used to support both Chase After a Cure and Pinewood’s science department.
Students at the school study butterflies in their science classes, monitoring the life cycle from larvae into a full butterfly – a worldwide symbol of endurance, hope and life. The butterflies will be released at a ceremony on May 14 to celebrate the end of the fundraiser.
Pinewood Back Nine 5K will be on the asphalt golf cart path at Legend Oaks and the race is a USATF certified course. Space is limited so register early. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers overall, plus standard five-year age groups. All finishers in the 1-mile fun run will receive a prize and awards will be given to the top three male and females finishers and for age groups 6 and under; 7 and 8; 9 and 10; and 11 and 12.
Packet pickup is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. April 19 at Legend Oaks and the morning of the event at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile fun run.
Register online at http://pinewoodbacknine5k.eventbrite.com/.
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville, S.C., resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Chase survived this aggressive form of cancer. Chase After a Cure supports families of childhood cancer patients, raises awareness about childhood cancer, specifically neuroblastoma, and funds childhood cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit www.chaseafteracure.com.