PHOENIX -- ThinkCure! -- the Dodgers' charity partnership with City of Hope and Childrens Hospital LA -- will take part in the NPN LA 5K Run/Walk that begins at Dodger Stadium at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. NPN is the official nutrition sponsor of the L.A. Marathon. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt owns a controlling interest in the 25th Honda L.A. Marathon. The NPN LA 5K Run/Walk is held in conjunction with the marathon. Dodgers fans can join the fund-raising effort to benefit cancer research by signing up for or sponsoring a participant in the 5K run or L.A. Marathon. Dodgers employees will join fans on the ThinkCure! team in memory of Desiree Sanchez, the Dodgers' longtime manager of ticket operations who recently lost her battle to cancer.
"You can walk or run the 5K at your leisure as a member of the ThinkCure! team," said the president of ThinkCure! Janet Clayton. "This can be a great family outing that encourages fitness, helps a great cause and raises funding for institutions that serve the people of greater Los Angeles and, for some, can serve as an act of remembrance and support of a loved one." To date, ThinkCure! supporters who are walking the 5K or running the marathon have raised $20,000 to advance cancer treatment. Fans interested in participating in the NPN LA 5K Run/Walk or the marathon can visit www.thinkcure.org/5K for more information. Participants who walk or run for ThinkCure! receive ThinkCure! T-shirts and access to the on-site ThinkCure! tent for healthy snacks. The NPN LA 5K's course map and parking information can be found at www.lamarathon.com/event/5k-run. Since its inception in 2007, ThinkCure! has raised more than $2.5 million to fund cancer research. Its first major fund-raising event was the historic exhibition game between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2008, which set a Guinness world record with 115,300 fans. That event raised $1 million, a total matched by the McCourt family. More information on ThinkCure! can be found by visiting www.thinkcure.org, by calling 323-224-1360 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.