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The Swedish SummeRun and Walk 5k

 

 

by Judy Fisher
Photos by Bruce Fisher and Van Houten Photos

 

July 16, 2017

The SummeRun and Walk 5K is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, a Seattle-based non-profit for national and international research to find a cure for ovarian cancer. Thanks to underwriting by Swedish Medical Center, all monies raised through the race will help support the Rivkin Center. The goal of the 24th SummeRun, held July 16, is to raise $550,000 throughout the year. Now at 77% of their goal, the fundraising continues.

Dr. Rivkin with Judy    ….. photo by Bruce Fisher

 

The run/walk was founded in 1994 by Swedish Cancer Institute’s renown oncologist Saul E. Rivkin and his daughters in memory of Dr. Rivkin’s wife, who died from ovarian cancer. The retired doctor was a very prominent presence at the race in that he chatted and photographed the runners and walkers before the race began and welcomed those at the finish. He is a hero to many women and their families.

The SummeRun was a fundraiser, but it was also an avenue for generating awareness and distributing information about this insidious cancer. The race was also a means of uniting and supporting those whose lives have been affected by ovarian cancer. This, of course, is very powerful and enabling.

More than 2,200 participants walked or ran the SummeRun this year. Over 400 timed runners finished the hilly 5K through Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

 

Photo by Bruce Fisher

 

The route began and ended at Swedish Medical Center. Ample free parking was available. The 5K was chip timed and results were in 10-year age groups. Approximately a quarter of the finishers were Silver Striders.

The first Silver Strider was Mark Lewis and the first female silver Strider was Judy Fisher.

Many Silver Striders walked with their teams or individually, holding signs or photographs honoring those lost to ovarian cancer. In the Celebration Area, an upbeat band played, refreshments were provided, sponsors offered their wares and the awards were presented.

Since combating ovarian cancer through fundraising was of great importance at the race, awards were given to the top individual fundraiser ($15,000) and team fundraiser ($22,675) at the Awards Ceremony. Survivors of ovarian cancer were recognized. Heart-warming accounts were given by survivors. Overall winners of the race were presented awards.

This was a festive, family-friendly event. The women, men and kids enthusiastically ran or walked that morning for a cure to end ovarian cancer. And it all began with the benevolent Dr. Rivkin and his daughters.

Photos by Van Houten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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