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Kosten Foundation’s Kick It 5K Raises over $150,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Patient Support

With over 1,500 participants, the Kick It 5K Reports Great Success in the Fight to End Pancreatic Center

Cold weather did not deter over 1,500 runners, walkers, volunteers, pancreatic cancer survivors, and supporters as they raised more than $150,000 at the Kosten Foundation’s Eighth Annual Kick It 5K at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

“The 2018 Kosten Foundation Kick It 5K was a tremendous success, “said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund.  “We raised over $150,000 with donations still coming in and saw over 1,500 people in the park supporting this wonderful event and cause. We are so thankful to everyone that donated their time, talents, and funds and to those that came out to run, walk, volunteer, and support our fight against pancreatic cancer.”

Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The Memphis-based Kosten Foundation organization has raised over $1,500,000 for pancreatic cancer research and assists with programs such as the Kosten Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Support Group, which meets the second Saturday of every month at the Cordova Public Library.

The Eighth Annual Kick It 5K began with a solemn reading of the names of those who lost their lives to pancreatic cancer in the past year by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, rabbi of Temple Israel in Memphis, followed by a celebration ceremony to recognize and honor survivors of the third most deadly cancer. Despite the cold weather, over 1,100 5K runners and one-mile walkers trekked through scenic Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. At the finish line, guests enjoyed delicious Corky’s BBQ, live entertainment, and an awards ceremony for the top placing runners.

To see more pictures from the 2018 Kick It 5K, click HERE.


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