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The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), an independent non-profit organization is excited to announce the upcoming Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk in Chicago to celebrate the volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health.

CISCRP will host the Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk with the support of the Drug Information Association (DIA), held in conjunction with the DIA’s Annual Meeting. The event will take place on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Burnham Park from 6:30-8:15 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. To register, visit

“Medical Heroes are the brave men and women who take part in clinical trials in an effort to help advance public health and the future of medicine,” says CISCRP’s Founder and Board Chair, Ken Getz. “The goal of our 5K event is to raise public awareness and appreciation for these individuals and to celebrate and honor them for giving the gift of participation in clinical research.”

Chicago area running and walking enthusiasts, patients, caregivers, clinical research professionals, as well as CISCRP supporters and DIA members, are invited to participate and attend the event. All proceeds from the 5K will support clinical research education and outreach programs for patients and their families in minority and under-served communities. Also this year, The Greater Gift Initiative is teaming up with CISCRP to offer a vaccine to a child in need, on behalf of every registrant.

This event is being sponsored by Champion Sponsors, IBM Watson Health and EMD Serono and Elite Sponsor, Synchrogenix. Other sponsors and supporters of the event are Amicus Therapeutics, Advanced Clinical, Publicis Healthcare, DIA, Starbucks, The Great American Bagel, and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Lauren O’Donnell, Global Vice President of Life Sciences for IBM Watson Health, a Champion Sponsor of the event, remarks “Our organization is honored to be sponsoring this important Medical Heroes Appreciation event and look forward to seeing patients, researchers, and local community members come together to celebrate the study volunteers who bring hope and promise to the future of medicine and health care.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and CISCRP is also looking to engage with local community partners for outreach and financial support. Contact to speak further about opportunities to collaborate and contribute to this meaningful initiative.

Onsite check-in begins at 6 a.m. and the 5K Run & Walk will begin at 6:30 a.m., following a brief Medical Heroes Recognition Ceremony. For more information about the event, to volunteer, register, or become a sponsor, email Questions about event registration should be addressed to Clarissa Budd via phone, 617-725-2750 x321, e-mail, or call toll free 1-877-MED-HERO x321.

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