Kids Beating Cancer: DeBary Fun Run!

It's always great to help bring happiness to the lives of children who are fighting cancer. Their determination and good spirits were clear at the Inaugural Kids Beating Cancer Fun Run. Held on April 30, 2016, the event splashed across the streets of DeBary. Folks of all ages gathered to run or to support the runners with cheers and refreshments. Orange Ave Medical Group and Medical Village at DeBary is proud to have hosted this memorable occasion.

Blue and white tents sheltering informational displays greeted attendees in the host parking lot. Sponsors showed the flag with friendly faces, teddy bears and educational materials. The pre-event energy was palpable.

Tracy Greer from Medical Villages opened the festivities by welcoming the crowd, thanking the sponsors, and introducing the guest speakers. Mary Kenny, President of Marketing for Kids Beating Cancer, spoke on behalf of Margaret Guedes, founder and CEO of Kids Beating Cancer, and Dr. Shook, the Medical Director of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant at Florida Hospital for Children. Clint Johnson, Mayor of DeBary, added his own words to the electricity, and then joined Tim Majors of Majors Investments/Medical Villages for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This old tradition drew smiles and applause from onlookers.

Attention turned to the starting line. Anticipation broke into action as more than 150 participants entered the fray. Cheerful supporters egged on the runners and ambled around the race course. Refreshments flowed with freedom. Younger participants did their best, and it was more than enough. Random passersby also enjoyed the positive atmosphere and general energy. The activities ended on a high note with general applause. There was no doubt that everyone won with this race.

Heartfelt thanks go to the many organizations and businesses that sponsored this successful event. They appear below in no particular order:

  • Kids Beating Cancer

  • ACS Home Services

  • The Father’s Table

  • Integrative Physical Medicine

  • Family Medicine at DeBary

  • Resilience Counseling

  • Dunkin' Donuts

  • West Orange Nephrology

  • US Health Advisors

  • Practice Managers Solutions

  • Podiatry Plus

  • Orange Ave Medical Group

  • Medical Villages

  • Elena’s Salon

  • Merrill Insurance

  • City of DeBary

  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial

  • The West End Trading Company

  • Buzzard's Roost Bar

  • First Green Bank

  • Goodfella's Pizzaria and Italian Restaurant of DeBary

Many thanks also go to the wonderful volunteers who donated their time and energy to this day. Their generosity helped propel the event into resounding success! Finally, enthusiastic congratulations go to race winners Steve Gonzales and Michelle Flores. Their spirited performances exemplified the joyous participation that everyone brought to the Fun Run.

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