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5K Run/walk Will Rock the GazBar As Cancer Benefit

September 30, 2018

LEOMINSTER -- On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m., the GazBar will host a 5K run/walk to raise money for local cancer patients.

Rock the GazBar 5K is a walk or run that begins and ends at the GazBar Sports Grill, 1045 Central St.

This is the fifth year the GazBar has held the run for local patients who are going through cancer treatments.

This year, the GazBar will donate all proceeds to The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in Harvard.

The Healing Garden’s philosophy is that a holistic approach to health and wellness will give its patients the best chance at healing.

“Cancer is something that touches the lives of many people, and we believe that if we can raise awareness, we can help to find a cure,” said Erica Grinkis, owner of the GazBar.

“We are looking forward to the event this year. We are hoping this will be the biggest one yet,” she added.

There will be cash prizes for the top three male and female finishers.

Post-race there will be a free buffet for all participants, beer samples and promotions, raffles and items for sale to help raise money.

There will also be live entertainment from the Hitchcock Blondes.

Participants can walk or run; strollers and wheelchairs are welcomed.

The cost to participate is $20 through Wednesday, Oct. 3, and $25 after that date until the day of the event.

“We are also accepting donations if people are unable to make the event and still want to donate,” Grinkis said.

The GazBar has been a successful family-owned and family-oriented business in Leominster for six years.

“This race is especially important to me because breast cancer has hit my family and friends,” Grinkis said.

“However,” she added, “I am proud to say that most have survived this disease -- especially my aunt Maryann (Gasbarro) Bradford -- and due to fundraising like we do, we can only hope that there will be more and more survivors every day.”

Those interested in donating or registering for the 5K can visit https://run signup.com/Race/MA/ Leominster/Rock TheGazbar.

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