Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition Honors Firefighters

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be honoring Massachusetts firefighters at all of their 2019 events, and is extending an invitation to them and their families to be our guests at the Run for Prevention on March 30. Firefighters interested in participating in the 2-mile walk or 5-mile or 10 mile run should email info@mbcc.org.

"Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep us all safe, and we know that their risks are compounded by long-time exposure to carcinogens found in flame retardants. As a result of this exposure, firefighters face an occupational risk of cancer which is deeply concerning," says Cheryl Osimo, MBCC's Executive Director. "MBCC worked with other community groups throughout the Commonwealth in hopes of passing H.5024, An Act to protect children, families, and firefighters from harmful flame retardants. We will continue to work towards success in securing safety measures with our community partners until the outcome is positive!"

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) invites Massachusetts residents to register for the first ever, Run for Prevention. The event will take place at Bare Cove Park in Hingham, MA, located along the banks of the Weymouth Back River and features USATF certified 5- or 10-mile runs, 2-mile fitness walk, and 1-mile kids fun run. Registration is $40 for the 10-mile run, $35 for the 5-mile run, $25 for walk participants and $10 for the kids fun run. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each competitive event.

Registration will begin at 7:00 am and Run for Prevention will kick off at 8:30 am with the kids fun run, followed by a 9:00 am start for the 5- and 10-mile runs and a 9:05 start for the walkers. Parking and the event start are located at the end of Bare Cove Park Drive, near the South Shore Model Railway Club & Museum. Free light refreshments from local vendors will be served throughout the morning.

For more information about the event or to learn about environmental links to breast cancer, visit www.mbcc.org/runforprevention. Massachusetts residents interested in joining the Honorary Firefighters Team for Cancer Prevention can register at www.firstgiving.com/team/386115. Firefighters and their families are invited to participate in the walk or run components free of charge.

About MBCC: In Massachusetts, breast cancer incidence rates are 12% higher than the national average, which estimates that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are associated with the high-risk BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is the only advocacy breast cancer non-profit working towards the prevention of environmental causes of the disease. This work is made possible through fundraising events like the Run for Prevention.

2019 Run for Prevention by MA Breast Cancer Coalition

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