Step up 4 health Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation is back with an all-new fundraiser for 2022, the Step Up 4 Health and Wellness Expo. The race and health festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville.

The new fundraiser is based on their previous annual event, Ribbon Walk for Cancer. The organizers increased the scope of the legacy event to inspire the community with more race day activities and additional ways to support local healthcare services.

“For many years, the Ribbon Walk for Cancer has been a fantastic fundraising and awareness event that has profoundly benefitted patients seeking care at Cape Fear Valley Cancer Centers,” said Sabrina Brooks, vice president of the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, in a press release. “We think we can use our rich history of providing well-executed fundraising events like this and create a new event that will benefit patients in even more of our service lines.”

The expanded event includes a 4k or 1-mile race through downtown. Participants who sign up for the trek can raise money for one of six organizations that support patient healthcare and make a direct impact in the community: Friends of the Cancer Center, Children’s Services, the Community Alternatives Program, Cumberland County Medication Access Program, Heart Care or Pediatric Endocrinology. The race will both start and end at Festival Park.

The Ribbon Walk was canceled in 2020 and held as a virtual event in 2021. Organizers saw the opportunity to celebrate its return in 2022 in a big way.

“This is going to be one of the most important fundraising events in our community since we have the opportunity to support several different patient-care areas at Cape Fear Valley Health,” said Brooks. “After two years of being unable to have an event like this in person, we’re back, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.”

In addition to the race, this year’s event will feature a Wellness Expo to provide health-related education and information to the community. Attendees can get a free wellness check and learn about hands-only CPR. Vendors will include informational booths of Cape Fear Valley Health services and sponsor tables. The expo will also have food trucks on hand and music during the event. Admission is free, and no registration is required.

Registration for the 4k or 1-mile race is $30 for adults and $25 for children, and participants receive a t-shirt. Race participants can run in honor or remembrance of a loved one.

The event organizers encourage people to create teams with their colleagues, running clubs, churches or other community groups. To register, visit www.cfvfoundation.org/stepup4health.

Companies interested in supporting the event as a sponsor can contact Kristen Sellan at (910) 615-1514 or ksellan@capefearvalley.com.

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cape Fear Valley Health System, a private, not-for-profit organization comprised of 1000+ beds across eight regional hospitals that provide care for more than one million patients
annually.

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