Pap Corps Walks for Cancer Research at Sylvester, Celebrates Its 60th Year
More than 3,200 walkers took part in the 12th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, enjoying one of the signature events of the all-volunteer group, which raises money exclusively for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
This year’s walk also commemorated the 60th anniversary of The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research, named after Dr. George Papanicolaou, the inventor of the Pap test, which is used to prevent or detect cervical cancer in its earliest stages. With 21,000 volunteers, the Pap Corps is the largest grassroots organization in the U.S., and annually raises as much as $4 million for Sylvester.
“We have witnessed some incredible scientific advances that have helped countless people live longer, more productive lives,” said Pap Corps President Naomi Prever. “The Pap Corps’ mission is to create a world without cancer. We know that our goal is possible!”
The March 24 walkathon featured live entertainment by The Culture, a local Miami band, and “No Bodies Crew,” a Delray Beach-based dance group. The Miami Dolphins provided an obstacle course, quarterback toss, and fun photo opportunities for adults and children alike. Sebastian the Ibis and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders signed autographs and posed for pictures with guests.
Jim Sackett, the recently retired news anchor from WPTV-TV, the NBC station in West Palm Beach, kicked off the walk with an inspirational message. He thanked the crowd for supporting such a worthy cause and said it was important for them to know that Sylvester is also located in Deerfield Beach and offers excellent, compassionate care to patients in Broward and Palm Beach counties. W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC, presented Prever with a plaque honoring Pap Corps volunteers for their steadfast dedication to finding a cure for cancer.
Following the walk, and in keeping with the event’s tailgating theme, participants enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue luncheon. A diverse group of physicians and scientists in the “Ask the Experts” tent spoke to attendees about the latest treatments and technologies available at Sylvester. Physicians from such specialties as integrative medicine, dermatology, breast imaging, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology answered attendees’ questions one on one and provided information on Sylvester’s array of services. Guests also visited the “Sylvester in Your Community” exhibit where they learned more about the cancer center’s newest location, which is part of the UHealth at Plantation complex.