Good Samaritan to host 5K event to raise money for stroke patients

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Good Samaritan Hospital

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Good Samaritan Hospital’s Stroke Services Department, located in Vincennes, Ind., is hosting a 5K this fall to raise stroke awareness in the community. The event, titled the “BEFAST 5K”, is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Oct. 30 at Lincoln High School in Vincennes.

Sponsored in large part by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the BEFAST 5K includes a 5K run, a one-mile walk and an honor walk for stroke survivors. Money raised from the race will help purchase medical equipment and cardiac rehabilitation sessions for stroke patients.

“A stroke happens suddenly and before you know it, your whole world is turned upside down,” Erika Watts, Good Samaritan Stroke Program Coordinator and 5K Chair, said. “Stroke awareness is important because, similar to a heart attack, a stroke needs to be treated quickly. If you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, it is crucial to act FAST. Call 911 immediately, because the longer you wait for care, the more damage is done to the brain.”

Registration for the 5K is $45 and $25 for the one-mile walk. Awards will be given for top overall female and male runner, and also top male and female runners in each age group. Medals will be handed out to all 5K participants who finish the race.

People who register by Sept. 17 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration forms can be completed online by visiting www.gshvin.org/befast5k.

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