Miracles Happen 5K Run/Walk set for May 31

The first annual Miracles Happen 5K Run/Walk is set for Sunday, May 31 through the scenic streets of Cleveland Heights.

The event will benefit the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, whose mission is to advance research for recurrent breast cancer - focusing on new theories, trials and treatments aimed at managing the cancer and extending lives. The fund was created in memory of Diana Hyland of Shaker Heights, who after recovering from her first bout with breast cancer more than 10 years ago, sadly lost her battle with the devastating disease of metastatic breast cancer on October 27, 2008.

The goal is to raise $1 million to partially establish an Endowed Chair in Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Paula Silverman. There is an urgent need for better, safer and more successful treatments.

Registration for the race will take place at noon at Beaumont School, 3301 North Park Blvd. The race will begin promptly at 1 p.m. (rain or shine), and runners and walkers will follow the route through Cleveland Heights ending up at the post-event gathering at Nighttown restaurant, 12387 Cedar Road. Awards will be presented at 2:15 p.m. followed by brief remarks and a light lunch. Lolley the Trolly will transport participants back to Beaumont School until 4 p.m.

The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Participants under the age of 14 pay $10, and age 2 and under get in free. The fee includes the lunch and a water bottle donated by University Hospitals. The first 300 registrants will receive a t-shirt.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female participants overall and the top three in the following age groups:  12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.

Participants are encouraged to gather pledges from friends, family and co-workers. Those participants who raise $250 or more will receive a Miracles Happen lapel pin.

For more information, call 216-752-5151, visit www.hmapromotions.net or www.dianahylandmiraclefund.org or e-mail hma@hacs.net

Mary Patton is a public relations consultant and a longtime resident of the Heights. She currently lives in University Heights with her husband and daughter.

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