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Hope Run brings in record amount for UPMC St. Margaret patients

Tawnya Panizzi

More than 500 runners, walkers, strollers — and even four-legged participants — came out May 19 for the St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Run.

In its 31st year, the family friendly 5K raises money to help underserved patients at UPMC St. Margaret, near Aspinwall.

Streets are filled with people who race from the hospital campus along Delafield Road, down Freeport Road to Blawnox, and back. There also are large contingents who stroll the course more slowly and attend simply to socialize for a good cause.

This year, the event brought in a record $125,000 to help provide transportation to chemotherapy, medication, a food pantry, health screenings and medical equipment.

“Our patients look out the hospital windows, cheering you on, wishing they could be here with you today,” Foundation President Mary Lee Gannon told the participants. “Thank you for filling in the gaps with hope for them.”

Collin Sawyer, 25, of Pittsburgh’s South Side, won the race with a time of 17:21.73. Lauren Woodring, 31, of Bethel Park, was the first female to finish with a time of 17:48.14. Results are listed on the website, stmargaretfoundation.org.

After the three-mile walk/run, participants enjoyed the Taste of Fox Chapel, a food competition where local restaurants give away free samples of their best dishes. There was live music, children’s activities and prizes.

The event is named for the late Brian Demchak and his mother, Marie Louise (Tina) Demchak, who made it a family tradition to run in the event until Brian passed away in 2016.

Foundation members are already working toward next year’s race. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 412-784-4215 or visit stmargaretfoundation.org/5K.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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There were plenty of runners, walkers, strollers and even dogs that came out for the St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Run on May 19, 2019.
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More than 500 people participated in the St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Run on May 19, 2019.
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St. Margaret Foundation Brian Demchak Hope Run race winner Collin Sawyer (second from left), along with Zak Szabo, Lou Cestello, top female winner Lauren Woodring and Mary Lee Gannon.
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