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Kosten Foundation’s Kick It 5K Announces Baptist Memorial Health Care as Presenting Sponsor

Registration for in-person race benefitting pancreatic cancer now open

Memphis, Tenn., July 22, 2021 – The Kosten Foundation announced Baptist Memorial Health Care as the presenting sponsor for the 11th Annual Kick It 5K benefitting pancreatic cancer research and support. The November 7th race will be in-person at Shelby Farms Park. Runners, walkers, or anyone that would like to support the race can register on the event’s website at

“Baptist Memorial Health Care is proud to support the Kosten Foundation’s mission of pancreatic cancer research,” said Jenny Nevels, Executive Director of Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, “We have seen firsthand the Kosten Foundation’s dedication to helping those affected by this disease and we hope our partnership can continue to make a difference.”

Runners or walkers can register for $30 to participate in-person or virtually for the Kick It 5K. All proceeds from the event goes towards funding pancreatic cancer research. Over the years, the race has grown to include more than 2,500 participants with last year’s race raising more than $115,000.

“We are incredibly grateful and excited to welcome Baptist Memorial Health Care as presenting sponsor of the Kick It 5K,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Kosten Foundation, “Baptist’s reputation for being a leader in healthcare and community impact speaks for itself and their support will go a long way in our fight against pancreatic cancer.”

Memphis radio legend Ron Olson will emcee the Kick It 5K again this year continuing his long-standing support of the event. Participants can look forward to live music, a pre-race ceremony honoring pancreatic cancer survivors, and more.

In just 18 years, the Kosten Foundation has raised and donated more than $2.4 million to pancreatic cancer research programs. The Foundation hosts a free monthly virtual support group meeting for pancreatic cancer patients, survivors, and anyone else affected by the disease. Those interested in learning more about the Kosten Foundation’s mission, or in sponsoring the Kick It 5K can find more information on their website at


Kosten Foundation Supporters Take Off from the Starting Line at the Kick It 5K.

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The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has donated more than $2.4 million for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer. The Kosten Foundation hosts an annual Kick It 5K has grown to include more than 2,500 participants. Money raised from the 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research. For more information about the Kosten Foundation, its programs, and events, visit the website at


Baptist Memorial Health Care is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest provider of Medicaid in the region. The Baptist system, which offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South, consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation; comprises 22 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 5,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 750 providers; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. The Baptist system employs more than 18,000 people, and in fiscal year 2016, contributed $242,935,216 in charity care and community benefit to the areas it serves. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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