5k Run Raises Money to help MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houstonian Holds 5K Run, Full of Grace, Honoring Late Mother Stricken with Ovarian Cancer Energy Corridor-area run raises money to help fund cancer research at MD Anderson HOUSTON

In 2012, while in his early 20’s, Mark Pereira lost his mother, Graça, to ovarian cancer. In 2015, Pereira decided to channel the pain of his loss into a positive experience, setting out to create the Full of Grace 5K – a 3.1 mile run in Houston’s Energy Corridor dedicated to raising funds to support ovarian cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The second annual Full of Grace 5K is scheduled to take place on February 20th, 2016. The run starts and ends at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and runs along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou through the trails at Terry Hershey Park. Following the run, results will be viewable at Run Infinity. The event will have several activities for people of all ages, including face painting and a bouncy house for kids, yard games, delicious Portuguese food provided by L&G Catering and a photo booth. Several Houston-area businesses have donated raffle prizes as well, including a $150 gift card to B&B Butchers, a basketball and jersey signed by Dwight Howard, books from Blue Willow Books and tickets to Comedy Sportz Houston, among others.

Sponsors for the 2016 Full of Grace 5K include The Dinner Dude, Ninfas, Emporio Brazilian Cafe, Satori Marketing, Casco Industrial Builders, Wide Lens Creative, Sabine Storage Solutions, Paychex, Pear Tree Concepts, Ledge Lounger, Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Cornerstone Automotive, Fresh Prints of Houston and West Houston Orthodontics.

Runners do not need to be in the Houston area to participate, however. The 2016 Full of Grace 5K will allow virtual runners. Those registered as a virtual runner need to complete the 3.1 miles by the race date and post their results to social media. Virtual runners even get special t-shirts indicating their digital presence at the event.

“Cancer is a disease that effects everyone,” said Pereira. “That’s why I started this event – to show those who are struggling with the disease that they aren’t alone and that they have a massive network of support in their community. I am so proud of what we accomplished in our first year and can’t wait to see the results of this year’s efforts. Working together we can someday find a way to eradicate this disease.”

Registration for the run begins on Friday, December 4th. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to register early. 100% of runner’s registration fees go directly to MD Anderson. Those interested in donating can do so immediately by visiting the website at www.fullofgrace5k.com. Additional information can be found on the run’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

About Full of Grace

Full of Grace is a registered 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness and money for ovarian cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Full of Grace holds a running event Houston’s Energy Corridor annually with the help and support of local businesses and people in the surrounding community. To find out more about the run and to donate or register, visit www.fullofgrace5k.com.


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