Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center employee Lisa Rosa is a fighter -- battling recurring tumors of stage IV colon cancer from her diagnosis in 2011. Lisa is also a runner and looks forward to inspiring hundreds of individuals to participate in the 2nd Annual Lisa Rosa Flood City 9K on May 24, 2014 at Johnstown High School Stadium. In the race's inaugural year, over 600 participants helped to raise over $18,000 for the Conemaugh Health Foundation Cancer Fund to support the greatest needs of local cancer patients.
“Last year’s response was phenomenal, and I want to thank everyone,” said Rosa, who has returned part-time to her job at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Trauma Unit with her cancer in remission. “Until I had chemotherapy, I had no idea that so many local cancer patients needed so much, yet had so little. I prayed for a way to help them, and the idea for the 9K eventually came to me in a dream. I am glad that this fundraiser is helping people.”
Rosa has endured four major surgeries and two rounds of chemotherapy in the past three years. During her own chemotherapy, she witnessed patients who could not afford transportation to the hospital for their treatments and found out that insurance does not pay for meals because chemotherapy is an outpatient treatment. Thanks entirely to donations through the Conemaugh Health Foundation, the hospital delivers hot meals to patients who are having treatments, which can exceed seven hours.
“We are running, walking and donating for these patients and their families,” said Rosa. “The money we are raising for Conemaugh Health Foundation’s Cancer Fund is helping local patients with transportation to their treatments, meals and other needs during this difficult time in their lives.”
The Lisa Rosa Flood City 9K is a 5.6 mile run, 4 mile walk, and two-member team relay on a flat course starting with one lap around Trojan Stadium, moving to the James Mayer Trail and concluding at the stadium. Top finishers will receive awards in each age category. Registration information is available at www.conemaugh.org/floodcity9k. The entry fee is $25 per person before May 9 and $35 for those who register between May 9 and 19.
About the Conemaugh Health Foundation
The Conemaugh Health Foundation (CHF) is a nonprofit, qualified charitable organization responsible for raising funds to support the programs and services of the Conemaugh Health System and its members. Individuals and businesses, who embrace the mission of the Conemaugh Health Foundation, respond to fulfill unmet community needs especially among at-risk children, the elderly and underserved.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121