St. Mary Mercy’s 8th Annual Embrace Life 5K run/walk raises over $40,000 for its Cancer Program
St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s 8th Annual ‘Embrace Life’ 5K run/walk for Cancer held on Sept. 7, raised over $40,000 for St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s Cancer Services. Proceeds from the race provide hundreds of people with necessities that go along with the treatment of cancer, such as transportation to and from treatments, wigs, oncology products, and oncology massage, which are available in the hospital’s Helen Palmer Image Recovery Center, a salon that specializes in services for cancer patients.
"We have such a tremendous response of participation from our community and sponsors for this event. Participants come out to honor or remember a loved one affected by this disease (cancer) or simply to run and be healthy," said David Spivey, President and CEO, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, who also ran in the race and earned his personal best time and was within the top 10 of his age-group category. He runs in the race not only because it is his hospital's event, but runs in celebration of his wife.
His wife, Julie Spivey, also has a personal stake in the race. She is Director of the Mercy Cancer Network, CHE Trinity Health, an oncology network connecting patients to specialists and cancer centers in Michigan of which St. Mary Mercy Livonia is a member hospital, and she is also a seven-year breast cancer survivor. "We are thankful today and every day," said David Spivey of her survivorship.
Awards were given to the top three male and female overall winners of the run, as well as almost 90 age-group winners, from ages 13 and under through 80 and up.
Top three overall male winners were:
- Neal Naughton of Ann Arbor, with a time of 16:14
- Keith Erichsen of Farmington Hills, with a time of 17:01
- Brett Navarre,of Trenton, with a time of 17:13
Top three overall female winners were:
- Teresa Cook, of Dearborn, with a time of 20:06
- Mikelle Adamczyk, of Northville, with a time of 20:14
- Danie Matusik, of Chelsea, with a time of 20:51
Thank you sponsors!
A special thank you to our presenting sponsor: Bright House Networks
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