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Tuesday
Aug262014

A.L.L. For Alex 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Alex Dils in Fight Against Cancer

In May, one month before graduation, Swan Valley High School graduate Alex Dils was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Doctors at the University of Michigan Medical Center immediately administered the first stages of Larson Protocol, a multiple-phase chemotherapy treatment that will last three years.

Family, friends and supporters across the state are joining his fight against cancer by participating in the A.L.L. For Alex Run/Walk Saturday, September 6.  The 3.1 mile course will begin and end at Saginaw Swan Valley High School, leading runners and walkers through a local neighborhood before winding through the beautiful grounds of Kluck’s Nursery. Proceeds from the event will assist Alex in his courageous battle with cancer.

“Alex has served as such an inspiration to those who know and love him, as well as those who have merely been touched by his story,” said Shelby Stine, race chair. “We are thrilled to see so many from near and far rally together and show their support.”

The event will include music, door prize drawings and an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the race. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners, along with age category winners.

Race organizers are encouraging the community to participate. Individuals can register online at www.runsignup.com/Race/Donate/MI/Saginaw/ALLforAlex5kRunWalk or by calling (989) 482-7373.  Registration costs $25 per person. Packet pick-up and race day registration will run from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Swan Valley High School, 8400 O’Hern Road in Saginaw. The race will begin at 6:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the race, organizers are hosting the A.L.L. For Alex Blood Drive Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Swan Valley High School. Michigan Blood will donate $10 to the A.L.L. For Alex Fund for every person who attempts to donate. Donors can visit www.miblood.org or call 1-866-MIBLOOD to schedule an appointment. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days.  

Premier sponsors of the A.L.L. for Alex 5k Run/Walk include Specialty Manufacturing Inc., Bierlein Companies Inc., Girl H.Y.P.E., Hoyt Nursing Home, Mayan Insurance Agency, Freeland SportsZone, Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation, Sign Image and ATS Printing.

Press Release Contact:
Shelby Stine, Race Chair
989-482-7373 or stines@northwood.edu