We’ve Gone Virtual!

Run. Raise. Rally. ROCK! Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Seacoast Cancer 5K Goes Virtual

For the health and safety of our community, the Seacoast Cancer 5K will be an exclusively virtual event. Now, instead of an in person event, runners and walkers can run virtually, anytime, anywhere Saturday, September 18th – Sunday, October 3rd. With increased flexibility, the Anytime 5K allows participants to do the 5K on their own time, wherever they choose. Here’s some important FAQ’s for you to know:

Download the Race Joy app to track your route and time to qualify for prizes, and interact with other participants. Please see our FAQ page here for complete instructions on how to download and interact with the app.

5K Express Events

Take advantage of the following dates and times to pick up your bib number and official race t-shirt:

  • WDH Foundation Office (drop in hours) | September 27th – October 1st | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | 802 Central Ave in Dover

You can also pick up bibs and shirts for team members!

Impact

The funds raised from this event underwrite the Supportive and Wellness Services at the Seacoast Cancer Center. Proceeds from this event are critical to the hospital’s ability to provide these important services to patients and their families.


Bid Now and Bid High to Support the Seacoast Cancer Center

Browse an array of exclusive and unique items such as one of a kind experiences, luxurious getaways and more through the online auction. Open for a limited time, the online auction is another great way to support the 5K and the Seacoast Cancer Center. No matter if you’re near or far, your impact can be felt for miles with every bid you make. The online auction will be open now through October 3rd so don’t delay! To view and bid on items, please visit our online auction here.


Cancer doesn’t stop… and neither did she!

When 5K Team Captain and two-time cancer survivor Rae Ann Chrane of Coach Chrane & Friends starts her fundraising team, she finds inspiration from survivors in the community. “The stories we learn about teams, participants, and survivors are so moving,” says Chrane who was inspired to raise more than $11,000 over the past five years!

Chrane knows firsthand of the SCC having undergone her own cancer treatment in 2012 for uterine cancer and in 2018 for skin cancer. Her gratitude for the top-notch care she received motivates her to return each year and make a difference.

“It isn’t hard to reach out about the Seacoast Cancer Center and 5K. So many people have a connection, and it makes asking for donations an easy task.”

“Normally it’s a big party at WDH and I thrive on that energy,” she said “but the pandemic caused us to go virtual. 2020 was two weeks of walking and team posts from all over the world, which was equally inspiring! The teams showed a lot of creativity.” She was particularly encouraged by the race’s key message that cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we!

“After my husband and I completed our virtual 5K, we received a message from a UNH classmate. He recently lost his girlfriend to cancer and thanked us for taking on this cause. It mattered to him and it matters to us.”


5K Philanthropy At Work

Feature: Survivorship & Wellness Program

The Survivorship & Wellness Program at the Seacoast Cancer Center supports both the patients and programmatic needs, but also the staff. These needs include acupuncture and massage, visits with a nutritionist, and even exercise classes to boost energy and strength. This program also underwrites the cost of key services not covered by insurance such as education for treatment, nutrition counseling, prevention strategies, and patient navigation. It also supports basic needs for those who cannot afford transportation, gas cards, groceries, or other necessities during treatment. The vision for this program is to provide patients with an array of services that address the medical realities of cancer, such as potential for late-effects, job loss, and financial burden, as well as educational and wellness projects to help patients and those closest to them thrive. “Survivor” is no longer a term used to describe someone who has undergone cancer treatment, but instead represents a story unique to every cancer patient. With the help of a specialized Nurse Navigator position, patients are guided through the healthcare system from diagnosis through survivorship. Thanks to funding from the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation, the future of this program has been guaranteed for several years to come.

To learn more about the many ways the Seacoast Cancer 5K makes a difference, please visit our Impact Page.


A Look Back at 2020

We Ran. We Raised. We Rallied. WE ROCKED!

Cancer doesn’t stop… and neither did we! Last year’s virtual “Anytime 5K” took place over two weeks, September 19th through October 4th, with over 1,125 participants! The event raised $260,584 thanks to generous donors like you!

Every dollar raised by the Seacoast Cancer 5K stays in our community and allows patients to live their lives to the fullest while receiving cancer treatments all the way through survivorship. Your support allows the multi-disciplinary care team at the Seacoast Cancer Center to provide complimentary supportive, wellness and integrative therapies to care for the mind, body and soul of patients and their families. These services offered through the Survivorship and Wellness Program make an incredible impact for patients every day!


The White Mamba Returns!

We are thrilled to announce that Brian Scalabrine, NBC Sports Boston Celtics color analyst and former Boston Hoops favorite, will be joining us for the fourth year as our Honorary 5K Team Captain! Brian, also known as “Scal” and “The White Mamba”, is always a fan favorite bringing an energy and enthusiasm for this cause that is truly contagious.

At the 2020 5K Closing Ceremony, Brian stated, “You have to remember that this isn’t just about that day. This race is about cancer survivors and helping them remain positive. I remember my guy Kenny, a young man who battled cancer and lost his leg. With his prosthetic, Kenny participated in the 2019 event and from last year to this year, he completed the race in half the time. That is unbelievable because he has to be motivated to do it every single day and Kenny, we all appreciate the work you put in.”

Since 2018, Brian has helped rally participants in the Seacoast Cancer 5K in the fight against cancer on the Seacoast. With the White Mamba on our team, we know that 2021 will be another amazing success!


Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021 Corporate Sponsors for helping make this event a success!


We are thrilled to welcome our first-ever title sponsor of the Seacoast Cancer 5K! This year’s 5K is presented by Somersworth Nissan. Over the last three years, Somersworth Nissan has raised an average of $25,000 every October during their Drive for a Cure event, all in support of the Seacoast Cancer Center. Thank you, Somersworth Nissan, for your incredible dedication our community!
 
“Somersworth Nissan is proud to have raised more than $77,000 to support the Seacoast Cancer Center. We’re excited to continue our partnership with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital as the title sponsor of the 8th Annual Seacoast Cancer 5K!” – Brendan Forget, Executive Manager, Somersworth Nissan

Make a difference for patients and families impacted by cancer throughout the Seacoast with your sponsorship today. Opportunities range from $250 to $25,000. By supporting this event, your company gains visibility and exposure to 13,000+ email subscribers and 16,000+ social media followers. To secure your sponsorship, contact Sarah Kuhl at sarah.kuhl@wdhospital.org or 603.609.6678.