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Ann’s Hope Foundation hosting 10th Annual 5K Run & 3K Walk for Melanoma Research at Milwaukee County Zoo

Ann’s Hope Foundation hosting 10th Annual 5K Run & 3K Walk
for Melanoma Research at Milwaukee County Zoo

Participants attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Most People Applying Sunscreen at the Same Time

MILWAUKEE, May 12, 2014 – Ann’s Hope Foundation is hosting its 10th Annual Block Melanoma 5K Run & 3K Walk and TEAM CATHY Kids Fun Run this Sunday morning, May 18, 2014, at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Sponsored by Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin and Clear Channel Outdoor, Block Melanoma is Wisconsin’s largest event that raises funds and awareness for the fight against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

A new and exciting event this year is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time. Before the walk begins at 9:15 a.m., participants will gather at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Zoo Terrace to apply sunscreen for two minutes. Local sports journalist Jessie Garcia will emcee the event and sunscreen will be provided by Affiliated Dermatologists, S.C., through Topix Pharmaceuticals. The current record is 1,143 people applying sunscreen. The Block Melanoma event attracts an average of 2,500 participants each year, so the record breaking is within reach.

Pre-registration for the run and walk is available online at until midnight on Wednesday, May 14. Day-of registration and participant check-in begins at 6:45 a.m., at the Peck Pavilion located inside the zoo. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., the Kids Fun Run begins at 8:15 a.m., and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The course takes runners and walkers through the Milwaukee County Zoo and all participants receive free parking, zoo admission and a long-sleeve SPF commemorative shirt.

Free child care is offered for 5K participants by Concordia University elementary education students. The Kid Corral is located inside the Peck Pavilion, and gives kids ages 3 to 9-years-old the chance to create fun and educational crafts. Children can be dropped off beginning at 7 a.m. Due to space constraints, the Kid Corral is limited to the first 40 kids.

“Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death in American women ages 25-30,” said Ann Harrington, co-founder of Ann’s Hope. “Over the past nine years, this event has raised more than $500,000 which went directly to melanoma cancer research. Our hope is that we will continue to raise not only critical funds for research, but increase everyone’s understanding of this deadly disease.”

Ann’s Hope Foundation is a was founded in 2005 by Anne Frentzel and Ann Harrington, both of whom lost loved ones to the disease. Ann’s Hope is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to generating support and funding for melanoma cancer research, education and sun-safety awareness. Since its inception, Ann’s Hope Foundation has donated more than $1 million for melanoma research and education in Wisconsin.

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