#b#To the Editor: Run for Dad A Big Success#/b#
I want to applaud U.S. 1 for its excellent coverage of the annual Run for Dad Father’s Day event at Mercer County Park. This year’s event was by far the most successful since it was launched eight years ago by two area prostate cancer survivors.
With the hard work of dedicated volunteers and support of the American Cancer Society and local sponsors, the event has grown every year. Our preliminary numbers indicate that over 1,200 men, women, and children participated in the 5K run, 2M walk, and kids’ races and we collected over $75,000 in contributions from participants and sponsors, a whopping 25 percent and 50 percent increase respectively over last year. Run for Dad has truly become a Mercer County Father’s Day tradition for the whole family.
While we are delighted that the event has become a favorite for runners and families, it’s really about the battle against prostate cancer. One man in six Americans will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, with African Americans almost doubly at risk as whites and Asians. But the good news is that the death rate for prostate cancer is going down; and for all men diagnosed with prostate cancer early, the five-year survival rate is approaching 100 percent.
We are proud to be doing our part promote the message that early detection saves lives. The net proceeds from Run for Dad, over $60,000, will go to the Central New Jersey Division of the American Cancer Society, which will use the funds for education, screenings, transportation for patients to appointments, research grants at Rutgers and Princeton universities, and many other programs.
Run for Dad is an event where everybody wins.
Bob Pollack, Lawrenceville
A June 23 Survival Guide item on Princeton entrepreneur Jack Morrison and a panel discussion on “reinventing and expanding” your business incorrectly identified the sponsor of the panel. It was the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce as part of the its “Spotlight on Your Business” series.
U.S. 1’s May 12 article on Team Validation, an Independence Way-based pharmaceutical consulting company founded and run by Lisa Carter, referred to the company seeking FDA certification for its operations. The word “certification” is inaccurate. Rather, the FDA has guidelines that companies must meet before the agency considers them worthy. One way to improve credibility is to have a formal business address, which is why Carter said she moved from her home office to Independence Way.