'Walk for the Cause' Held to Honor Cancer Survivors at United Hospital Center
On Wednesday, United Hospital Center hosted its fourth annual “Walk for the Cause.”
The event featured UHC associates dressed as superheroes, including Zorro, Wonder Woman, and Batman.
Batman is also known as Dr. Mark Povroznik. Povroznik and fellow associates did this to be ‘superheroes for cancer,’ the Relay for Life’s theme this year.
"Each and every day we battle victims with cancer and we're here as their support structure. Nationally superheroes are there supporting all those with cancer and we want Harrison County to know we are here for them,” explained Povroznik, UHC’s Chief Quality Officer.
Even though Povroznik was dressed as Batman, he said the real superheroes are the ones who have fought the battle against cancer.
"Those who are fighting cancer are the true heroes. We're just a support structure, they're the ones fighting and they are our heroes,” Povroznik said.
UHC's “Walk for the Cause” was filled with events, including a survivor's lap to honor cancer survivors.
"We have superheroes that are UHC associates; we're collecting money while people get pictures taken with them. We'll have a block party where people will donate money during their lunch time,” explained Linda Carte, Director of Oncology.
UHC associate and 13 year breast cancer survivor Peggy Johnson said this event is all about raising money for a good cause.
"I think it's very important to show the support of the hospital for those of us that have survived, and the money we raise here of course goes to the American Cancer Society. We need to totally do away with cancer, I just want to see it completely gone, so we need money for research,” Johnson said.
The celebration continued Wednesday night with a Zumbathon, as said superheroes and other members of the UHC community strutted their stuff for the cause.
UHC's very own original superhero - the Warrior Against Cancer - said cancer is too prevalent in our society and that health care officials can't conquer this battle alone. "We need them to get involved, we need them to donate, we need research. We need help," said Linda Radcliff, AKA the Warrior Against Cancer.
"This is putting fun into a very serious situation. I plan on striking a few Zumba moves, but probably at my age, not a lot," said Tim Allen, who dressed as Robin.
This event leads up to the Harrison Count Relay for Life, which will be held June 6 at Bridgeport High School.
There will also be Survivor Dinner hosted by the Relay on June 1, starting a 2 p.m. at the Best Western in Bridgeport.
All cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend.
You can RSVP at 304-952-1930.
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