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SportsSignup and Freihofer’s Run for Women Team Up to Support Albany Med

ALBANY, N.Y., June 21, 2012 – Kids helping kids – It’s a theme the 2nd annual Freihofer’s Junior 3K certainly lived up to this season.

A record-setting 181 runners, ages 7 to 14, teamed up with the Freihofer’s Run and online registration management partner SportsSignup to raise nearly $8,000 for the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The checks were presented to Melodies Center director and pediatric oncologist Dr. Vikramjit Kanwar and Melodies Center patient James Angermeier during an afternoon ceremony today.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the Melodies Center in this way,” said Anthony Bruno, CEO of SportsSignup, whose daughter Isabella is a Melodies Center patient. “The Melodies Center does such great work for the kids of the Capital Region. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership in supporting this race and promoting a healthy lifestyle for kids in the region.”

SportsSignup and the Freihofer’s Run combined to donate $10 to the Melodies Center for every runner who registered for the 3K race, which was held on Saturday June 2  in downtown Albany, as part of the 34th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women. In addition, Freihofer’s 5K runners separately donated more than $3,000 when asked to support the Melodies Center by the simple click of a button when they registered to run. That $3,000 was matched by SportsSignup adding more than $6,000 to the overall total donation to the Melodies Center.

“We are very grateful to SportsSignup, the Freihofer’s Run and the kids of the Capital Region who came out on a rainy Saturday to run the race,” said Dr. Kanwar. “Their efforts will greatly impact the children we treat at the Melodies Center, many of whom wish they could be out there running as well.”

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.

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Rich Becker
Extension: (518) 262 - 8971
  beckerr@mail.amc.edu



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