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2011 Press Releases
More Than 600 Participate In Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race
09/12/2011

CLEARWATER, Fla., (Sept. 12, 2011)- Despite rain clouds and threatening storms, more than 600 competitors took part in the second annual Morton Plant Mease Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Race, a family-friendly 5K run/walk that kicked off at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

Area winners included overall male winner, Jon Mott, 24, St. Petersburg ,with a time of 15:18 and overall female winner, Christa Stephens, 27, St. Petersburg, with a time of 18:50. In the masters category, Joe Torzok, 44, Tampa, was the winner with a time of 18:56 and Ann Lea, 43, Belleair, was the female winner with a time of 21:56.

For results for male and female winners in all age groups, log on to coolrunning.com.  The race was presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, and benefits Morton Plant Mease community screenings and education services and assists prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment.

The course took runners through surrounding Belleair and Clearwater waterfront neighborhoods, and also featured a Kids Dish for children 10-and-under.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive back, and prostate cancer survivor, Ricky Reynolds participated in the event, along with local radio host Ron Diaz of 620-WDAE.

The race is part of Morton Plant Mease’s recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Awareness events include screenings and lectures.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, and one out of every six males will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime.

For more information on Morton Plant Mease and its prostate cancer programs, call (727) 253-4056 or visit MPMHealth.com.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 12 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care and “Baby-Friendly” hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers’ decision to breast feed. In 2010, Morton Plant received Florida Hospitals Association’s Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award for program to provide care to diabetic patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727) 953-6877.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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Media Contact: Jim Scavino, (727) 462-7416 Phone, (727) 402-5976 Pager