13th Annual 'Richard's Run For Life' 5K Raises $100,000 For Moffitt Cancer Center


YBOR CITY, Fla., Dec. 1, 2014 – The 13th Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K raised $100,000, with 100 percent going 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. 7 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 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.”

Richard Gonzmart was inspired to create 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 will have full use of his leg after healing.

“Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $748,000 since 2002.

The next race is Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurantSM. 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, Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by fourth and fifth 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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