Hanover kicked off its October community service by volunteering at the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run on Sunday, October 4. The Prevent Cancer foundation, founded in 1985, focuses on cancer prevention and early detection, investing millions in research, education, advocacy, and community outreach.
Volunteers arrived at Nationals Park at the early hour of 7am, fueled by sponsor-provided coffee and muffins. Contrary to the belief of most of our volunteers, we were not actually signed up to run in the 5k. Rather, we were ‘Course Marshalls,’ whose job it was to ensure the participants stayed the course and – even more importantly – to cheer them on.
We were surprised by just how many small children ran in the race – their parents lagging behind. That, along with the many happy looking dogs trotting down the street, was the definite highlight of the event.
Most importantly, teams and individuals raised thousands of dollars toward cancer research and prevention through running or walking in the race. Many runners and walkers participated in teams, sporting t-shirts with the pictures and names of their loved ones. In addition to teams walking and running in honor of loved ones with cancer, many fighters and survivors participated as well, some even decked out in capes like the superheroes they are.
After the last walkers passed our stations on the course, we took a shortcut back to the finish line to cheer on the finishers. Ultimately, the race raised over $190,000 for cancer prevention and early detection. Every little bit helps, and Hanover was happy to contribute time and enthusiasm to such a worthy cause!