Wellmont Cancer Institute Teams With Bristol, Va., Runner To Support Cancer Center At Bristol Regional

The Wellmont Cancer Institute is teaming with a resident of The Virginian neighborhood to hold a special fundraiser to support the J.D. and Lorraine Nicewonder Cancer Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

The inaugural 6.6K run will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the neighborhood, which surrounds The Virginian Golf Club. All proceeds will be used to enhance the high-quality care at the cancer center, which provides patients access to a wide range of cancer-fighting resources.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize how our physicians, nurses and the rest of our treatment team go the extra mile to help our patients fight cancer," said Sue Lindenbusch, the cancer institute's senior vice president. "Instead of the typical 5K held at many venues, we are extending this one by another mile to honor everyone who works so hard to spread a message of strength and hope for our patients and their family members who have traveled the cancer journey."

The event is the brainchild of Jenny Nichols, an avid runner and resident of the neighborhood. She approached Wellmont Foundation, which enthusiastically supported the idea.

"Cancer is a life-changing event for people who have been diagnosed and their loved ones, but the physicians, nurses and other caregivers at the cancer center deliver outstanding care that makes a positive difference in their patients' lives," Nichols said. "Our event is a nice way to show the community's support for those affected by cancer and help Bristol Regional continue providing a high level of care."

Advance registration is $25 at www.virginianextramile.kintera.org or $30 the day of the run. The running course is certified by USA Track & Field, and State of Franklin Track Club will provide professional race management and electronic tag timing.

People who prefer to walk will have a two-mile route in the neighborhood. Advance registration for the walk is available at the same website for $15, and a person can register the day of the event for $20.

All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and be eligible for a variety of door prizes.

"Participating in this run or walk would be an excellent way for anybody whose lives have been touched by cancer to give back and assist others who may need help to win their fight against cancer," Lindenbusch said.

Anyone taking part should arrive at either of the two entrances to the neighborhood on Virginia Trail, where they will be directed to the start location.

For more information, please call Katy Sikorski at the foundation at 423-844-2822.