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Get involved in the 27th Annual Superhero Fun Run & Dog Show

Get involved in the 27th Annual Superhero Fun Run & Dog Show

Everyone needs a hero, but cancer patients need superheroes! Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Superhero Fun Run is Saturday, April 22. All money raised will go into the Emergency Fund at the OMC Cancer Treatment Center.

The Emergency Fund offers assistance to OMC cancer patients who need help with medication and travel expenses. Iva Highfill, Patient Navigator at OMC Cancer Treatment Center, explained how the Emergency Fund helps OMC cancer patients. “Within our abilities, we are going to help provide what the patient needs to be successful with their treatment,” she said. “We provide our patients with a case of Ensure nutrition shakes every month.

We also try to offset transportation costs by offering gasoline assistance to those who need it. Some radiation patients have to travel multiple times per week for treatment, with many of them traveling more than 30 miles one way. That cost can get overwhelming.

A third way we offer assistance is by helping offset the cost of prescriptions. Some patients have very high prescription copays, and the fund is used to help them afford their prescriptions,” she explained. “There’s sometimes I just come right out and ask patients if they have food at home. If they don’t I give them a gift certificate for groceries. There was another time that I found out that a patient didn’t have air-conditioning. It was the middle of summer and the patient was going through treatment. We used the money from the fund to put down a down-payment on an air conditioner. Then the patient made the payments on it. These types of things don’t happen all the time, but when they do, we assess the situation and offer assistance if we can.”

OMC is inviting individuals, businesses and organizations to participate in the 27th Annual Superhero Fun Run. There’s several ways to get involved.

Register for an event. Join the fun! Register for the 1.5 mile walk/jog, the 5K or the 10K.

Join a team. Teams of 5 or more receive a $5 per person discount in the race event of their choice. Grab some friends or coworkers and make it a fun day. And if you wish, plan your costumes for a chance to win a spirit award. Spirit Awards will be awarded to one child, adult, and team that demonstrates the most spirit on race day.

Enter your dog. Register your dog to walk or run an event with you. And you and your dog can participate in the Dog Show and Costume Contest, too!

Volunteer. Sign up to be a course guide or gather friends or coworkers to host an aid station. Signage can be displayed at the aid station for a business. Table, coolers and cups will be provided.

Purchase a booth at the Race Day Village. Booth space is available for $150. This is a great way to promote a business or organization. A 6-foot table will be provided and includes the option to place promotional items in the Superhero Fun Run swag bags. Exhibitors are encouraged to offer something interactive at their table for kids and families.

Be a sponsor. Sponsorships are available for $250, $500, and $1,000 and include a logo on the Superhero Fun Run t-shirt, and much more depending on the sponsorship level.

Compete for the Corporate Team Award. West Plains Bank (last year’s winner) has issued a challenge to the community encouraging other businesses and organizations to out fundraise them. The team who raises the most money and turns it in by Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. will be awarded the Corporate Team Award trophy.

The Race Day Village will be open from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 with races kicking off at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony for the 5K will be held at 9 a.m. The Dog Show & Costume Contest begins at 9:15 a.m. The 10K awards ceremony will be at 9:45 a.m. Spirit Awards will be awarded at 10 a.m. A concession stand, DJ, and superhero fun will be ongoing throughout the event. The public is invited even if not participating.

To register for an event, download a registration form at: http://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/documents/events/registration2017.pdf. Register online at: https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10961/ozarks-medical-center-superhero-fun-run-2017. You may also pick up a registration form at OMC Public Relations Department in OMC Parkway Center.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or purchasing a booth, call 417-257-6737 or visit: http://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/documents/events/sponsorship-information.pdf.

West Plains Bank employees show off their 2016 OMC Superhero Fun Run Corporate Team Award trophy they won at last year’s Fun Run for raising the most money. They would like to challenge other businesses and organizations to try to out-fundraise them this year for the award. Pictured left to right are West Plains Bank employees Ann-Elizabeth Yorty, Diana Brown, Penny Gann, Melissa Mitchell, Ryan Bales, Gail Colvin, Karen Smith, Becky Brewer, Katherine Baker, Robin Coldwell, and Carla Harris. For more information about the Corporate Team Award, contact Melissa Smith, OMC Superhero Fun Run chairperson at 417-257-6737.

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