West Los Angeles Premier Cancer Prevention 5K Celebrates 15 Years

lc imageThe Kickin’ Cancer!® 5K Run / Walk / Stroll is the Lynne Cohen Foundation’s flagship event to end women’s cancers through prevention. As a West Los Angeles favorite since 2001, this event celebrates both an active, health-minded community and the impact this community makes for high risk women on a national scale.

 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and there will be 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer, the deadliest gynecologic cancer, in the U.S. this year alone. West LA is standing up for at-risk women everywhere at the 15th Annual Kickin’ Cancer!® 5K & Family Fun Day in Brentwood, Los Angeles on October 2nd.  As a local tradition, an official Globe-a-thon® partner, and with a growing cohort of Virtual Walkers across the country, Kickin’ Cancer! is a movement… and it’s personal.

Amy Cohen Epstein, Founder and Executive Director of the Lynne Cohen Foundation, says “I founded the Lynne Cohen Foundation with my sisters when I was just 21 years old after losing my mom, Lynne, to ovarian cancer. Prevention is our cure, and the Kickin’ Cancer! 5K helps fund Preventive Care Clinics across the country. We aim to protect families like mine from losing their mothers, daughters, and sisters. We are proud of this community and of the impact it makes each year. With over 3 million dollars raised by 5K participants to date, we can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will hold for our community, our patients, and our fight against women’s cancers.”

Every dollar raised at the Kickin’ Cancer! 5K funds a national network of Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinics. These clinics are highly specialized, innovative women’s care facilities that unite research, screening, and clinical care for women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Patients receive comprehensive cross-disciplinary care, and have access to some of the latest clinical trials, genetic testing, and, if needed, psychosocial counseling. The resulting environment is human-centered and intensely collaborative.

Personalized and preventive medicine is the way of the future. Dr. Lynda Roman, the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at USC, puts it this way, “Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinics are unique. There are no other funded clinics that function quite like this.”

While the benefits of research might take years to touch the lives of patients, by funding these Preventive Care Clinics for women at risk, Kickin’ Cancer! 5K participants, donors, and fundraisers impact women’s lives both today and tomorrow.

Neighbors, friends, runners, and women currently facing cancer in Los Angeles describe Kickin’ Cancer! as “inspirational and personal.” This blend of intimacy and passion fuels all those who hit the pavement for the cause. From the 5K Walk/Run, to the Stroller Run, to the Kiddie Fun Run, to the workouts and warmups by Burn 60, to the Fit Family Expo, there’s something for everyone.

Two-time Emmy Winner and FOX 11 News Anchor, Marla Tellez, will join the 15th Anniversary celebration as the Kickin’ Cancer! co-host with Amy Cohen Epstein. In addition to being personally connected to the fight against breast cancer, Marla brings her passion for strengthening community, promoting health, and empowering women. You might recognize her from the morning news and Good Day LA, or from her role in the Season 3 premiere of Breaking bad. She is an avid runner, and is a powerful voice for the cause. Marla summed it up when she announced, “I am ‘in the loop’ and serious about Kickin’ Cancer! We must know our bodies, our normal, and our risk!”

“Kickin’ Cancer! is such a great event,” agreed long-time participant and Masters’ title-holder, Grace Padilla. “It helps us all become more aware of breast and ovarian cancer risk, and I enjoy running for a cause.” For her and so many other Kickin’ Cancer! runners, there’s a sense of purpose in every stride.

24-year-old KC Cord, whose mother passed away from breast cancer in January of 2013, says she’ll be “running for (her) mom. One of the most powerful, motivational, and important lessons my mom left me before she passed from breast cancer is to live through and from inspiration. By participating in Kickin’ Cancer! I am joining an army fighting women’s cancers, and I aspire to not only honor my mother’s fight, but to inspire this army to grow.”

Taking action with purpose and sharing the journey with friends not only directly aids clinics patients, but fundraisers themselves are bolstered by the physical and emotional health benefits of altruism, athleticism, community, and remembrance. That’s why Kickin’ Cancer! gets West LA moving.

By engaging local, national, and global communities in Kickin’ Cancer! athletic events, the Lynne Cohen Foundation supports women and families at risk for breast and ovarian cancers, and raises the endorphins and healthy living quotient for all participants. This year is a major milestone, as runners, patients, and physicians alike gather to celebrate 15 years of impact, prevention, education, and community. Join the party at www.kickincancer.com.

Can’t be there in person? Virtual Walkers fundraise online, from the couch or they hit the road in their neighborhood. They are welcomed to the family with a limited edition Kickin’ Cancer! T-Shirt and fundraising support every step of the way.

Register, Fundraise, or Donate at www.kickincancer.com

Date:  October 2, 2016

Time:  Expo Opens at 6:30 am | 5K Start at 8:00 am | Kiddie Fun Run Start at 9:30 am  |  Event Closes at 11:00 am

Location:  11620 San Vicente Blvd.
 Los Angeles CA 90049
 United States

Details:  The Kickin’ Cancer! 5K & Family Fun Day highlights include a non-competitive 5K Walk/Run & Stroller Run; a Kiddie Fun Run; Pre-Run warmups by Burn60; a Family Expo with giveaways, fitness activities & entertainment; a Kids’ Corner including a bounce house, t-shirt coloring contest & prizes; individual & team fundraising awards for the top finishers; and a Kickin’ Cancer! Tribute Wall to honor and remember all those touched by cancer.

Kickin’ Cancer!: www.kickincancer.com

About Lynne Cohen Foundation:

The Lynne Cohen Foundation focuses on prevention and early detection to combat ovarian and breast cancers. The Foundation was founded in 1998 in memory of Lynne Cohen, a loving wife, ready volunteer, and devoted mother. Her daughter, Amy Cohen Epstein, is the President and Executive Director of the Foundation, and has committed her life to providing at-risk women with the knowledge and clinical support needed to take action proactively, catch cancer early, prevent it altogether, and fight it hard – all with with a unique multidisciplinary team approach. Her efforts have been recognized by the Today Show, People Magazine, and the Reader’s Digest Health Heroes Award. Amy and the Lynne Cohen Foundation continue this work on behalf of all at-risk women, and in memory of those we’ve lost.