Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will again support breast cancer awareness and research by hosting its 7th annual 5K run/walk, Oct. 19 on the main hospital campus. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends with a FBCH presentation.

The event, which came about as the result of a partnership between MWR and the Belvoir Hospital Oncology Department, recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month and increases the community’s knowledge about the disease.

Last year, more than 1,000 Service members and civilians participated and, according to Anthony Leon, Belvoir fitness program specialist and event coordinator, volunteers are also needed.

A FBCH press release states the race is designed to remind women of the importance of regular breast health screenings. On average, two to three patients are diagnosed with breast cancer at the hospital each month, and more than 200,000 patients are affected annually. When found and treated early, the cure rates for breast cancer are very high, said Lt. Col.  Andreas Lindenberg, FBCH chief of oncology, at last year’s event.

“Early detection of breast cancer ensures the best outcome,” Lindenberg said. “We recommend women begin having annual mammograms at age 40 and continue to do so as long as they’re in good health, but women of all ages should do regular self-exams, and address any concerns with their doctor.”

The 5K is open to all active-duty Soldiers, mobilized/ADOS. National Guard/Reserve Component Soldiers and DoD civilians of the local community. Online registration is available https://www.raceentry.com/races/mwr-fbch-breast-cancer-awareness-5k/2019/register.

The following categories will receive awards: fastest male runner; fastest female runner; fastest wheeled (stroller or wheelchair) participant; fastest child; fastest walker; best dressed (by vote); and participant wearing the most pink (by vote). The event also features face-painters and informational booths.

For more information, call 703-805-4430 or visit https://belvoir.armymwr.com.