14th Annual ‘Richard’s Run For Life’ 5K Donates $108,000 To Moffitt Cancer Center

 
YBOR CITY, Fla., Dec. 4, 2015 – The 14th annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K donated $108,000, to the Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Program for sarcoma research and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) at Moffitt Cancer Center.    


“We want to thank the 2,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, supporters and sponsors who joined us on Nov. 6 in our quest to find better treatments to combat cancer and one day have a cure,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group.  “I feel that our run and other events like it give patients battling cancer and their families hope ... hope that we will find that cure soon. I believe Moffitt and other cancer centers are making great progress each day.”

The Gonzmart Family Foundation donated more than 100% of the revenue and covers 100% of the expenses.

Richard Gonzmart created this race to celebrate those fighting and surviving cancer, people such as 6-year-old Hayden. He was facing amputation of his leg at the hip from sarcoma cancer until his family learned of Dr. Doug Letson at Moffitt and his technique of saving a limb by replacing the femur with a titanium rod. Hayden's procedure was a success and he now has full use of his leg.

“Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $848,000 since 2002.

Next year’s race is Friday, Nov. 4.

The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is now Florida’s oldest restaurant.  Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida's town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Please see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com for more information.

The Gonzmart Family Foundation is registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act, and has been issued the following registration number by the Division of Consumer Services: CH17908. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

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Media contact:  Angela Geml at 813-248-3000, ext. 17, or colsaug@columbiarestaurant.com