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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012


CdO all set for PhilHeatlh Run: The Mindanao Run For Hope

by Merlyn H. Ybañez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- PhilHealth Regional Office 10 is all set for the historic Mindanao-wide simultaneous run for kids with cancer on February 5, 2012.

After a full semester preparation for a full blown Mindanao-wide run, the Cagayan De Oro and other five regional venues are ready to make history for the PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope. This event aims to increase the awareness on children’s cancer and the need for a Mindanao=wide collaboration to augment the resources of the only pediatric cancer unit in Mindanao at the Southern Philippines Medical Center – Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit (SPMC-CCBDU) in Davao City.

PhilHealth Mindanao hopes to support the needs of the sector of vulnerable children stricken with cancer.

The PhilHealth Mindanao Run for Hope is a run for the Kids of the House of Hope-- house built inside the compound of the SPMC to cater to family members and patients who are encouraged to stay in the shelter to guarantee their often neglected chemotherapy sessions once discharged from hospital admission.

However, free lodging does not cover the expenses for succeeding treatment sessions. Thus, the need for support from more benevolent sectors of society, an ambitious mission embraced by PhilHealth Mindanao led by its Area First Vice-President Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr.

In Cagayan De Oro, race starts at 4:30 a.m. in the Pelaez Sports Complex, Velez Street. To add hype to the event, Filipino-British Celebrity Model Jon Hall has enlisted to run in the 10K category as part of his support to the cause.

The PhilHealth Run: Mindanao Run for Hope is co-presented by Smart Communications, RiteMed by Unilab, AllCard Plastics Philippines, KCCDF Inc., DOLE Philippines, Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, CIS Bayad Center and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company.

Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo of Lanao Del Norte, Dunkin Donuts, Gaisano Malls, the Department of Health, Petronas Energy Philippines, Gov. Alex Calingasan of Bukidnon and Land Bank of the Philippines also support this much awaited event. (PhilHealth/PIA-10)

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