The Tuality Healthcare Foundation’s C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run set records for money raised and fastest male and female runners during the 12th annual event held July 4 in downtown Hillsboro. The event raised approximately $76,500 for cancer awareness and treatment programs at Tuality Healthcare, well above previous years. In addition, both male and female records were broken as the fastest male runner came in at 16 minutes and 13 seconds and the fastest female runner came in at 16 minutes and 46 seconds.
The event has raised over $600,000 in its 12 years of existence, a testament to the greater Hillsboro community’s resolve to help fight all forms of cancer. The annual event, a prelude to the largest 4th of July parade in Oregon, is actually three events in one – a Kids’ Dash, a competitive 5k fun run and a 5k walk.
A group of around 50 kids took part in the dash on a sunny, warm July morning. After the dash, the kids took part in carnival games at the Kids’ Zone set up near the Civic Center. Then, the serious runners and walkers toed the starting line under the direction of Ralph Brown, Tuality Healthcare Foundation board member. For those runners who had “timed bibs,” also a first this year, here are the top 6 male and top 6 female results. Wesley Drennan of Forest Grove was the men’s winner with a time of 16:13. He was followed by Matthew Ringer at 16:42, Ashton Hunger at 17:08, Mark Eilitz at 18:07, Gabriel Parra at 18:20 and Isaiah Cooper at 18:23. Sabrina Sears of Vancouver, WA was the women’s winner with a time of 16:46. She was followed by Jaime Linnerooth at 18:24, Hillary Harris at 18:27, Taylor Coulson at 19:21, Rachel Gibbs at 19:28 and Melinda Rego at 19:48.
The Health Fair showcased many of the Tuality Healthcare departments that provide quality care as well as some of the event corporate sponsors. Another popular attraction was the annual cancer survivor photo on the steps of the Civic Center. This year, 48 cancer survivors donned yellow shirts to signify they were cancer survivors.
Cece Clitheroe, director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, was enthusiastic in her praise of the participants and volunteers who made this year’s event the most successful so far.
“I must thank the community for the record fundraising,” she said. “This event continues to amaze me. It gets bigger and better every year. The first year in 2001, we attracted only 328 participants, and now we are well over 1,000 runners and walkers. The money raised of over $76,000 shows the community support even in a down economy.”
Clitheroe had special thanks for all of the many volunteers and C.A.T. Walk sponsors, especially Genentech, Anesthesia Associates Northwest, LLC, Clifton Larson Allen, Frontier Communications, Metro West Ambulance and West Coast Bank.
Personal fundraising for the C.A.T. Walk will continue until 5 p.m. July 27, the deadline for people to turn in their personal fundraising pledges. People can still create a fundraising page by visiting www.catwalkfunrun.org, click on the fundraising button at the top of the page and follow the steps under the heading Create a Personal Fundraising Page. The top fundraiser will be eligible for the a $300 Certificate to the Riverhouse Resort in Bend, provided by 1360-KUIK.