Duke Wrestling Team Ditching Mat To Spring For Support

March 17, 2015
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is ready to Spring For Support with their annual 5K run and walk. Recently, the Duke Wrestling team, coached by Glen Lanham, produced a video demonstrating their enthusiastic participation and support.

"Both my parents and mother in law passed away from cancer," said Glen Lanham, head coach, Duke Wrestling. "When I saw the opportunity to show my support, I knew it was the right thing to do. So many people are touched by this horrible disease.We must continue the fight to find a cure."

Supporting those who support patients with cancer, the Center for Learning Health Care (CLHC) will host its Second Annual Spring for Support 5K on Saturday, March 28, at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

Duke WrestlingThe Duke Cancer Patient Support Program provides services and resources to help support patients and their loved ones. Services include individual, couple and family therapy, support groups, self-image resources, pet therapy, child-life services, recreational therapy and more.

"We believe in the purpose of this run," said wrestler Alexander Belaia-Martiniouk, who produced the team video. "Several of the guys on the team have had people in their lives affected by cancer. Also, Duke Wrestling is a team that has a strong brotherhood and team emphasis. We understand that there is strength in numbers. We are very excited to run in support of Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. We invite the Duke community to come out and join us. Let’s beat cancer together!”

The 2015 Spring For Support 5k will take place Saturday, March 28, at The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Road, in Durham. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. To learn more about Duke Wrestling, go to Wrestling & GoDuke.com. For more information or to register, visit www.springforsupport5k.org.

 

Circle photo: Duke University freshman Thayer Atkins throws his Drexel University opponent to the mat. On March 28 Atkins and his team will be ditching the mat to instead spring for support of cancer patients treated at the Duke Cancer Center. (Photo: Duke Photography).