Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted the ninth annual Grin & Bear It Run on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event grossed more than $6,700 for the Patient Assistance Fund, which is used to help Cass Regional patients in need with expenses such as transportation, medication and medical supplies.
Sponsors of the event included Country Club Bank; American Heritage, Realtors; CPSK Insurance Services; Serenity Care Hospice; Sherwood Community Bank; Janet Burlingame for County Clerk; Fodwood Springs; ReeceNichols Smith Realty; Harrisonville Family Medicine; and Steve Croy – State Farm Insurance.
The Grin & Bear It Run is held each year in memory of Cara Roberts, and the event began with a moment of silence in her honor.
The overall male and female winners were Carter Dumas of Adrian and Lydia Baker of Harrisonville, who finished with times of 24:06 and 26:45, respectively. Dumas and Baker each received a commemorative stuffed bear, and medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.
Following the 5K, participants were treated to breakfast catered by Chris Kurzweil of Kurzweils’ Country Meats. Free massages were provided by Dr. Alex Schatt and Dr. Rachel Porter of KC Core, and free health screenings were also offered.
Several area businesses also lent their support to the Grin & Bear It Run, including Cass County Public Library, Harrisonville Community Center, Family Center Farm & Home, and Sonic Drive-In of Harrisonville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol provided traffic control for the event.
For questions or to learn more about Cass Regional Foundation, contact Becky Welch at (816) 380-5888, extension 4810, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.