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SEATTLE - (June 26, 2008) - More than 75 patients, providers and staff members from Virginia Mason Medical Center will team up with local non-profit youth organizations Sunday to staff water stations and cheer on runners in the fourth annual VM Team Medicine Seafair Marathon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason.

Race organizers anticipate record crowds this year as the race will trace a new course from Husky Stadium at the University of Washington in Seattle over the 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cross the bridge on foot. Participants will then traverse nine miles of picturesque Lake Washington waterfront neighborhoods in Kirkland and Bellevue, finishing the marathon or half marathon at Bellevue Downtown Park.

Half of the 16 water stations will be staffed by doctors and patients from cancer units such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancer and others. The remaining stations will be staffed by non-profit youth organizations and local schools. Towering eight-feet-tall ribbons in each cancer's ribbon color will mark the stations. The ribbons will serve as an inspiration to the runners as they are cheered on by cancer survivors, doctors and family members.

"There is no gift more precious than health," said John Corman, MD, medical director of The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason. "Through participation in the VM Team Medicine Seafair Marathon, runners not only support their own well-being through exercise, they are part of an important community event that brings people together to celebrate health."

The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason is focused on wellness and providing the highest quality care for patients. From the latest strategies in cancer prevention, to state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, advances in the treatment of malignancy, and the development of novel approaches in the management of complex disease, The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason serves an important community need.

Treatment options for cancer hold more promise than ever before. Virginia Mason's Cancer Clinical Research Unit, working in conjunction with the world-renowned Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, ensures that patients have access to the latest advances in technology, novel treatment options and advanced clinical trials.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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