UAB Cancer Center hosts inaugural Lace Up for a Cure walk

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center presents the inaugural Lace Up for a Cure, a 2K (1.3 miles) walk held Saturday, June 2, on the UAB Campus Green located on Ninth Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lace Up for a Cure will benefit the UAB Cancer Center, and aims to raise awareness of the services offered at the UAB Cancer Center, as well as bring together individuals from the community who have been touched by cancer.

“We wanted to make this event approachable to everyone,” said Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “My hope with Lace Up for a Cure is that it is an inclusive event, for patients, families and caregivers, and also an event representing all cancer types. We can all show support, whether it is for a person battling cancer right now or someone who has survived the disease, or in memory of a loved one.”

UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in the four-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. With its array of clinical trials, precision oncology efforts and continued commitment to outreach efforts in cancer disparities, it is at the forefront of improving cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

“We want to make a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer, and we couldn’t do it without community support,” Birrer said. The event will feature fun for all ages, including an event T-shirt, yoga dance by Lorri Hanna and music by DiJital Entertainment. Smoothies and acai bowls will be available for purchase from City Bowls.

Registration is $25 online and is available on-site. The 2K walk route can also be viewed on the website. Free parking will be available in the UAB Ninth Avenue Deck located at 1602 Ninth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205. The Ninth Avenue Deck is conveniently located steps away from the UAB Campus Green.

Race Day Agenda

  • 7-8 a.m. — Sign-in and On-site Registration/T-shirt Pickup
  • 8 a.m. — Yoga and dance warm-ups with Meg Baker
  • 8:30 a.m. — 2K Walk Starts
  • 9:15 a.m. — Fun on the Green

For more information, contact Courtney Bishop at 205-934-0282 or cbishop3@uab.edu.