Greenville turns out for debut charity run to benefit cancer patients

July 3, 2023

Inaugural Partners in Care Head & Neck 5K/2-Mile Walk raises thousands for cancer treatment, education

Organizers of the new South Carolina edition of a nationwide series of charitable 5K runs and 2-mile walks to benefit head and neck cancer patients are calling the inaugural Greenville event an unqualified success.

The annual Partners in Care 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk drew 60 participants to its early May debut at Conestee Park Nature Preserve, raising more than $4,000 for local patients.

Among female runners, Emily Singletary of Laurens led the way, while Zach Bird of Louisville, Kentucky, was the fastest male runner.

“We are delighted at the show of support from each of the runners, walkers, volunteers and event organizers in Greenville,” said Kathy Tolentino, director of the Fort Myers, Florida-based, nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation, which works across the country. “We look forward to building a strong foundation here in South Carolina and expect even more robust participation next time around.”

The charitable foundation hosts a nationwide series of spring charity runs, with additional events in California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Washington and West Virginia.

The race series began 11 years ago to bring awareness to head and neck cancers and to raise money for those unable to afford costly recovery therapies that often aren’t covered by insurance, or which require a very high copay.

Greenville event sponsors included Atos, GenesisCare, Laronix and Rocky Creek Dental Care.