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K-State Today

May 19, 2016



Inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight raises more than $1,000 for Kansas State University cancer research

By Marcia Locke

Nearly 100 participants took part in the inaugural Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight on May 7 in Manhattan, a fundraiser for Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center. The 5K race and 1.5-mile fun walk was presented by Walk Kansas, a statewide health initiative organized by K-State Research and Extension.

The event raised $1,025 for the cancer research center.

Race participants ranged in age from 11 to 78 years old and traveled as far as 260 miles to the event. Race results and photos are available on the cancer research center's website, cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/WalkKansas5K.html.

"We are very grateful to K-State Research and Extension," said Marcia Locke, communications and outreach coordinator for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. "Not only did this fun event raise significant funds and statewide awareness for K-State cancer research, our partnership is very fitting since exercise, good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight all reduce cancer risk."

Next year's Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight is tentatively set for Saturday, May 6, 2017. Coordinators plan to add more fun elements to it.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports and advances cancer research and education at Kansas State University. Its programs are made possible by private donations. Information is at cancer.k-state.edu.