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UTSD to Co-Sponsor Oral Cancer Foundation Walk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 3:27pm

Oral Cancer Foundation Walk

UTHealth School of Dentistry is a co-sponsor of the Houston 5K walk, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry is among the sponsors of the Oral Cancer Foundation Awareness Walk Houston in Memory of Nathan Hart, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at Stude Park, 1031 Stude Road in Houston. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the 5K walk that gets underway at 10 a.m.  Registration is $30 per adult, or $25 if pre-registered. Children 5 and under are free; the fee is $10 for children ages 6-10.  Oral cancer survivors walk for free.

T-shirts will be available to all those who pre-register by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and the first 250 participants will receive gift bags. To register in advance, go to Water and light snacks will be available before the walk, with barbecue for participants afterwards.
Students from UTHealth School of Dentistry will provide free oral cancer screenings.  Other activities include a silent auction, raffle, zumba warm-up, massages, face painting, and live music by the country band Tin Umbrella.  The dental office that raises the most funds will be awarded a free Identafi valued at $3,000. Two OralID fluorescent devices will be given away.

Featured speakers include Randal Weber, MD, chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center;  Mark Chambers, DMD, chief of the Section of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at M.D. Anderson; and oral cancer survivor Eric Statler, who is also director of strategic partnerships for the Oral Cancer Foundation.

In addition to UTHealth School of Dentistry, sponsors include UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Briggs Equipment, Houston Academy of General Dentistry, IntelliSkin, Henry Schein Dental, Identafi, OralID, Menchie’s, former Houston Oiler Haywood Jeffires, the Whole Earth Provision Company, Houston Ballet, and Jim Moellering and the Fort Bend Country Club.
The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category.