Keep Pounding 5K helps provide local access to cancer treatments, clinical trials – WSOC TV

The Carolina Panthers, Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute, and virtual runners and supporters of local cancer research and programs, are teaming up for their 11th annual Keep Pounding 5K to provide local access to the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials.

The Panthers have a long association with Atrium Health and a rich history supporting its cancer programs through Keep Pounding – a campaign launched in 2004 to honor former players Sam Mills and Mark Fields, both of whom were recently diagnosed with cancer.

Losing his battle with cancer, Mills coined the phrase “Keep Pounding” in an inspirational speech to his teammates.

Since its inception, the Keep Pounding 5K has raised more than $ 3 million to support cancer programs at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Levine Cancer Institute.

During Virtual Race Week, May 31 – June 5, be active in honor of the Keep Pounding Initiative by running, walking, cycling, or completing any physical activity.

Be creative. Walk 5,100 steps in honor of the late Sam Mills (# 51) during your practice or race week; 51 laps; complete 51 burpees. The possibilities to participate in support of the Keep Pounding Fund are endless.

Thanks to your support, Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s are able to provide Phase I and Phase II clinical trials and the latest cancer treatments to patients where they need them most – close to home.

Donations to the Keep Pounding Fund are used to support:

Clinical research (Phase I & II cancer studies) Patient navigators Welfare and survival programs, education and outreach State-of-the-art technology and equipment (improving cancer detection and treatment)

Click here to register to become a virtual participant for $ 30 (including an event T-shirt).

If you’d like to share an inspiring story, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV / WAXN-TV / Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at

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