The 2017 BLUM (Beat, Learn, Understand) Multiple Myeloma 5K will take place at Bond Park, in Cary, on Saturday, March 21.
The annual event was started four years ago in honor of Scott Blum, a Duke patient battling multiple myeloma. Last year the run attracted a record 250 participants and raised more than $17,700 to support multiple myeloma research at Duke. In all, the 5k has raised about $30,000.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014 there were 24,050 new cases of multiple myeloma and more than 11,000 deaths due to the disease, which is a rare cancer that forms in the plasma cells. Currently, there is no cure for multiple myeloma.
Early registration ends March 1. All 5K early registration runners are guaranteed an event tee-shirt. Extras will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Race day registration and packet pick-up takes place from 7 to 8:45 a.m. The 2015 BLUM 5K starts at 9 a.m. Online registration ends on Thursday, March 19. For more information or to register, visit BLUM 5K.