The Lymphoma Research Foundation Minnesota Chapter’s 6th Annual Lymphomathon 5k walk/run is this Saturday at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis and the Vikings are participating for the 2nd consecutive year. The Vikings team is headed up by Assistant Director of Public Affairs Jeff Anderson and consists of Vikings players, staff members and friends.
Pro Bowl special teamer Heath Farwell is a member of the Vikings Lymphomathon team and he’ll be joined by Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders at the event to sign autographs prior to the walk/run.
Registration for Saturday’s Lymphomathon begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5k walk/run will commence at 10:00 a.m. There is no fee to register.
The purpose of the Lymphomathon is to raise awareness of lymphoma and fund research for a cure for the most common blood cancer and the 3rd-most common cancer in children; today, half a million Americans are affected by lymphoma. It is estimated that there were over 74,300 new cases of lymphoma in the U.S. in 2009 and about 20,510 people will die from it. Approximately 1,110 people will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in Minnesota (3 per day) and another 320 will lose their lives this year.
For more information, to join Team Minnesota Vikings or to register a team, call 1-800-235-6848 or visit www.lymphomathon.org.
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For the 5th consecutive year, the Vikings will join forces with volunteers and other charitable organizations to build a new and safe playground at a local school. This year’s playground build will take place at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis.
Vikings players and coaches will be at Winter Park for OTA #12 this morning and will then join the rest of the organization in the build at Nellie Johnson Community School. I won’t be at practice today so don’t look for OTA observations. But, there’s typically several media outlets at this particular community event so I’m sure players and coaches will be available to the media at the event later this afternoon. I will try to catch up with a few of the guys to see how practice went at Winter Park.
Cost of the playground’s construction is being split between the Vikings and one of it’s community partners – Toro. I’ll have more details about today’s activities, including a recap of the event, later this weekend on vikings.com.
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