Health & Wellness

Scenes from FSPY's United for a Cause 5K in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

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Hundreds of local residents turned out for the annual Unity for a Cause 5K/1-mile walk/run on Wednesday evening in Scotch Plains. Credits: Sean Conklin
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Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith participated in his second 5K of the year on Wednesday evening. Credits: Sean Conklin
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From left to right: Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Donna Peart of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Mayor Al Smith, Margaret Heisey and Lidia Abrams of Resolve Community Counseling Center. Credits: Sean Conklin
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Hundreds of local residents braved the hot, muggy weather on Wednesday evening to participate in the Unity for a Cause 5K and Family 1-mile walk/run. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council partnered for the annual race in a combined effort to celebrate and provide opportunities for health and wellness within the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community.

Proceeds from “United for a Cause” will benefit Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council Health and Wellness Scholarship and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

LIVESTRONG at the Y is a 12-week physical activity program free to members of our community recovering from cancer. The program enables the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA to offer participants educational seminars, childcare assistance and services for financial management. These activities help recovering cancer survivors “get their lives back” physically, mentally and spiritually. 

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The “United for a Cause” 5K is a healthy community event that will “give” back to local families and students. Many of local students choose to pursue a career in the health and wellness field and this event will acknowledge a student(s) positive intentions by providing scholarship monies to put towards their college, school or training program costs.

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