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Southwest Greensburg 5K race benefits children with cancer

| Thursday, June 6, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

It's a race to the finish — piles of comfort for cancer patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The Creamer family will hold the fifth annual Timmy's Race for Children's in Southwest Greensburg on July 27.

Timmy Creamer, who has been in remission for more than three years, was treated at the hospital when he was diagnosed at age 6 with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He endured chemotherapy and three surgeries.

To thank Children's staff, Timmy's parents, Tim and Noele Creamer, have been sponsoring the annual 5K race, with the permission of Southwest Greensburg Borough Council. Tim Creamer is the track and cross-country coach at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

The couple sum up the reason behind the race at the website, www.timmysrace.com: “Because of the extraordinary care and focus on making his stay as comfortable and normal as possible, the Creamer family wanted to give back to Children's and organized this annual event to help ensure that the thousands of other children who are patients at the hospital are able to benefit from the same treatment he received.”

Last year's race drew more than 100 runners, ranging in age from 7 to 77, and raised enough for a mountain of pillow pets for children on the oncology floor at Children's in Lawrenceville. Timmy, now 11, makes the delivery in person.

For more information, contact Tim and Noele Creamer at 724-853-7789 or tcreamer@setonhill.edu.

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