South Florida charity runs raises more than $15K for head and neck cancer patients

July 5, 2023

Partners in Care fundraisers in Miami, Broward draw nearly 100 participants

A pair of annual South Florida charity runs has generated more than $15,000 toward head and neck cancer education, screening and treatment in South Florida.

Nearly 100 runners and walkers participated in the annual Partners in Care 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk in April at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami.

Ethan Weinstock of Pompano Beach was the top male finisher in Deerfield Beach, while Bonnie Dawson of Hallandale was the top female runner.

In Miami, hometown runner Chris Umpierre was the top male finisher, with Meghan Crawley of Miami Beach the fastest female participant.

“South Florida consistently and continually supports our efforts to promote head and neck cancer awareness through physical fitness,” said Kathy Tolentino, director of the Fort Myers-based, nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation, which works across the country. “We deeply appreciate the community’s support and look forward to even more robust participation next time around.”

The charitable foundation hosts a nationwide series of spring charity runs, with additional events in California, Colorado, North and South Carolina, Washington and West Virginia, as well as in Cape Coral and Sarasota.

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.