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First OMC Foundation Dice Run of the Mills Scheduled for June 10

First OMC Foundation Dice Run of the Mills Scheduled for June 10

Inaugural Event will raise money for needed equipment for treating breast cancer

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation will hold its First OMC Dice Run of the Mills on Saturday, June 10. Each year, this fundraiser will be used to raise money for a specific need of one of the departments of OMC. This year, the need that was identified is an attachment for OMC’s 4D Linear Accelerator to treat breast cancer when the tumor is located close to the heart and lungs.

The Dice Run is open to motorcycles and vehicles. Cost to enter is $20 per vehicle. Riders can begin the route any time after registration, which will be 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at OMC Parkway Center. To participate in the dice game, dice scoring cards can be purchased for $5 each. T-Shirts, long-sleeved T-Shirts, and koozies will be available for purchase at both registration and the Lot Party.

The public is invited to attend the Lot Party at Great Rivers Distributing, located on Highway 63 in Pomona, even if they are not participating in the Dice Run. The Lot Party will open at 1:00 p.m. with food trucks, a cash bar, a silent auction, and vendor booths. The band Fender Bender will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will play throughout the afternoon. Dice Run Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m., and the 50/50 drawing winner and silent auction winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m.

“What better way to raise money for a wonderful cause than to have a little fun while doing it,” said Ward Franz, Director of the OMC Foundation. “The Dice Run is a 117 mile ride that will have stops at Dawt Mill, Hodgson Mill, Zanoni Mill, Rockbridge, and Twin Bridges, and then end at a Lot Party at Great Rivers Distributing. It’s a way to showcase the beauty of the Ozarks and invite riders to join local riders in experiencing all the Ozarks has to offer,” he said.

Local resident Letty Parrott came to Franz several months ago with her story and the need for the attachment. Parrott was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) breast cancer in November 2015 after a routine mammogram. She had three surgeries to obtain clear margins then began radiation therapy on March 2, 2016 in St. Louis. She was fortunate to have a nephew that lived close to St. Louis and she was able to stay at his home during the week for treatments. She had 5 treatments per week for 7 weeks plus one extra. Her commute was 60 miles round trip per day and she finished her treatments on April 22, 2016. At her annual mammogram appointment in November, her doctor pronounced her “cancer free.”

Because Parrott’s tumor was on the same side as her heart and deep within the breast toward back of the breast bone, a Prone Breast Pad was needed to safely treat with radiation. The Prone Breast Pad positions the breast in a way to protect the heart and lungs when a tumor is so deep. Ozarks Medical Center has the 4D Linear Accelerator that is used for radiation oncology, but does not have the Prone Breast Pad.

Parrott wanted to share her story in hopes that OMC could purchase the Prone Breast Pad so that others could be treated close-to-home if needed. Many people are surprised to learn that breast cancer affects men as well as women. The Dice Run this year will raise funds to purchase a Prone Breast Pad for the OMC Cancer Treatment Center.

For those unfamiliar with the rules of a dice run, five dice will be rolled at each of the six Dice Roll Stops. The player’s score will be recorded on their dice scoring card. A prize will be awarded to the winner of each stop for highest roll (at Dawt Mill, Zanoni Mill, and Twin Bridges) and lowest roll (at Hodgson Mill, Rockbridge, and Great Rivers Distributing). The grand prize of $100 will be awarded to the participant who has the highest overall dice roll score after all six rolls. Consolation prizes will be awarded for lowest overall score, oldest motorcycle driver or passenger, and for the person who traveled the furthest to compete.

Several sponsorship levels and booth space at the Lot Party are available for this event.

For more information about the Dice Run, contact Melissa Smith, 417-257-6737 or Charlie Wharton, 417-505-9161, Dice Run Co-Chairs or visit the OMC website at http://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Event-Calendar/Event-Details.aspx?Event=74 or the official Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746875625627416/.

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