South County Health will host a Centennial 5K on Saturday, May 11, 2019 as part of a year-long celebration commemorating the health system’s 100th anniversary. The event will benefit integrative services of the South County Health Cancer Center including therapies featuring Reiki, massage, and music.
The community is invited to participate in this family-friendly wellness event which will also include 100th birthday festivities. The race route for the Centennial 5K will run through the historic neighborhoods surrounding South County Hospital.
Medical oncologist James L. Smythe, MD, and cancer exercise specialist Matthew Callaghan are serving as the Physician and Employee Champion of the 5K. The two South County Health employees were brought together more than eight years ago when Matt was diagnosed with cancer and his care and treatment was directed by Dr. Smythe.
With the guidance of Dr. Smythe and the expertise of specialists from South County Health, Matt regained his health and re-focused his career from cardiac to cancer rehabilitation.
There are several ways to support the Centennial 5K including:
• Create a fundraising team by clicking “Join a Campaign” on the 5K website and create your own team.
• Join a team by clicking “Join a Campaign” on the 5K website and select “Join a Team.”
• Register to run on the 5K website ($25; $30 the day of the race).
To learn more about the Centennial 5 K including how to register or donate, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/centennial5k
“I experienced first-hand the wonderful cancer care delivered by Dr. Smythe and our colleagues,” said Matt. “Each day, I am privileged to assist patients as they work to grow stronger. I am excited to be part of this event along with Dr. Smythe, our co-workers, and the community as we raise funds for cancer services at South County.”
“The team from South County Health Cancer Center delivers highly effective cancer treatment with a focus first and foremost on the highest quality of care delivered compassionately and conveniently,” said Dr. Smythe. “Matt was successfully treated and is now an important part of our continuum of cancer care. By joining a team, registering for the 5K or donating, you are saving lives and allowing our friends, family and neighbors to receive top quality care, close to home.”
Approximately 775 residents of Washington County are currently diagnosed with cancer every year. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to about 900 new cases annually.
The 5K event will be emceed by Michaela Johnson of The Rhode Show on WPRI-TV. The event will also include music, as well as displays and activities from community partners like the South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention, Choose Love Movement-SK, Integrative Therapies Tent, South County Hospital therapy dogs, and tours of the Cancer Center. The national anthem will be performed by the Wakefield Concert Band.