Medicine Chase raises more than $13,000 for free clinic
Sunday, April 27, 2014 12:07 AM
Chasing a good time in a 5K run is easy on a beautiful day like the one runners were gifted with Saturday morning in Uptown Greenwood.
Runners take off at the sound of the buzzer early Saturday morning in Uptown at the start of the 16th annual Medicine Chase 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk. The event is hosted by the United Ministry and funds go towards their free clinic that last year helped more than 2,000 patients. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
With a cool breeze, the sun shining and refreshments provided by more than 25 sponsors, the Greater Greenwood United Ministry Medicine Chase was a runner’s dream. But a much more serious chase brought scores of runners out of bed at 8 a.m.
As the only annual fundraiser for the United Ministry’s free medical clinic, the Medicine Chase badly needed funds to help provide free prescription medicines to Greenwood’s needy.
“In 2013, we were $35,000 over budget on our prescription medicine costs,” said Rosemary Bell, United Ministry’s executive director. “We see a steady increase of that cost every year.”
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