Pre-Professional Medical Society (PPMS) is proud to announce its Fourth Annual PPMS Charity 5k and Family Fun Run.
The event will consist of a 5k race and 1-mile Family Fun Run on the UCF campus beginning and ending at
Memory Mall, located in front of the new UCF Arena. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners.
All runners will be provided with a commemorative race t-shirt and refreshments.
Race day sign-in/registration will begin at 7:00am and the 5k race will kick off promptly at 8:00am. The 1-mile Family Fun Run will follow at 9:00am and the event will be concluded with an awards presentation starting at 9:30am. Runners will have the option to interact with vendors and representatives of local businesses on memory mall at any time during the event. Children and families are more than welcome to attend!!
About Our Charity
This year, our charity project is a girl named Sam Sheridan. Sam was born with a rare disease known as epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic mutation that prevents the body from creating keratin, which ultimately keeps the layers of the skin from properly attaching to each other. The smallest touch can quickly cause blisters between the epidermal and dermal skin layers, and resulting infections can be life threatening. Internal epithelial lining in the bronchi and esophagus may also be affected, compromising the full-functionality of breathing and swallowing. There is currently no available cure for EB, and treatment rests on the ability to control symptoms and prevent further complications. We are holding this 5k in hopes that the money we raise can offset many of Sam's medical bills and also help with providing essential equipment such as bandages and medical tape, products she is required to use daily. Possible complications of EB include physical deformities, sepsis, dysphasia from esophageal blistering, malnutrition, anemia, vision loss from inflammation in layers of the eye, cancer, and death. By participating in this event, you will not only have a memorable running experience, but also will be directly helping Sam with her treatment.
A quote from Sam's mother, Marybeth Sheridan explains this daily struggle. She says, "The cost of bandages alone monthly was anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000, and that does not even include medications that insurance does not cover, NOR the nutritional supplement you need to provide your child daily because they are constantly suffering from malnutrition from the loss of protein in the blisters they get every day. It also does not include the costly eye gels products to provide healthy vision due to constant corneal abrasion, nor does it include the cost of special clothes or shoes, because, after all, the slightest touch to the skin will cause it to blister. (The SLIGHTEST TOUCH)."
Fees (convenience added for online payments)
Family Fun Run: $5
Instead of an online payment, you may pay during Adil's cubicle hours (Mon/Fri 1:30pm-2:30pm) or mail payment to:
REMEMBER YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION REGARDLESS OF PAYMENT METHOD!!
PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the 5k race allows for participation in the 1-mile Family Fun Run. You may, however, sign up for the Family Fun Run alone as well. Participants in the 5k race will receive a race t-shirt and goodie bag! Runners of all ages are welcome!