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Creighton Osteoporosis Run/Walk on Oct. 22 to Honor Dr. Robert Heaney

Dr. HeaneyThe Creighton Foundation for Osteoporosis Research will hold its third annual “Move It or Lose It” 5K run/one-mile walk on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Zorinsky Lake Park and Recreation Area in southwest Omaha.

The event’s goal is to raise awareness as well as financial support for the Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center, one of the oldest and most comprehensive facilities in the world for the study, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

This year’s event will be held in memory of Robert P Heaney, M.D., the first holder of the John A. Creighton University Professorship and founder of Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center. A world-renowned researcher in bone biology and vitamin D, Dr. Heaney died of brain cancer in August.

The run/walk will begin at Lake Zorinsky Shelter Five at 9:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $30 until Oct. 7 and $40 after that date. To register, visit http://www.creighton.edu/moveit5k/. For more information, contact srecker@Creighton.edu.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is the run/walk’s presenting sponsor, and CHI Health Orthopedic Care and UBS Financial Service are major sponsors. Nebraska Spine + Pain Center is also supporting the event. Timing will be done by the Omaha Running Club.

Osteoporotic fractures strike 1.5 million American women annually, as well as some men. For women, osteoporotic breaks occur more often than the incidence of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke combined.

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