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2013 Massey Cancer Center 5K a Smashing Success
Updated: Tuesday 11/08/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary cross country and track and field teams made yet another significant contribution to the community and health worldwide Friday, hosting the annual Massey Cancer Center 5K Run and Walk at Zable Stadium.  The Tribe and its friends and supporters raised more than $20,000 this year to benefit the Massey Cancer Center at MCV.

"We're just thankful to be able to associate our name and athletes with such a great cause," said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Stephen Walsh.  "The total raised by our athletes and friends this year is amazing, but we realize that it's just one part of a life-long effort.  I think Charlie [Crone] said it best last year: 'It is a winner in many facets, as we raise money and awareness for cancer research and do it in a fashion that promotes a healthy lifestyle.'"

The Massey Cancer Run has been a Tribe tradition for over 20 years, and has helped raise more than $125,000 for research at the Massey Cancer Center.  Organized with large thanks to Charles (a cancer survivor himself) and Ginny Crone '83 and their family, as well as Randy ‘71 and Shelby Hawthorne '71 and the W&M cross country and track programs, the event welcomes runners, walkers, and relay teams to a race around the historic W&M campus.

The Massey Cancer Center at the Medical College of Virginia has been at the forefront of cancer research in the United States since it first opened its doors in 1974.  One of just 67 cancer centers around the nation certified by the National Cancer Institute, Massey is a vital resource for cancer research, treatment, and clinical trials, while also providing a top-flight training ground for oncologists and researchers.  The Center treats an average of nearly 14,000 patients annually, and includes more than 400 clinicians that specialize in various types of cancer.

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