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Event Receives Proclamations from State and Community Leaders

DALLAS, TEXAS, September 14, 2017 – Dallas Medical Center is proud to host the 24th Annual Dash for Dignity next month. This year’s event includes a 5K race, half mile fun run, food trucks, silent auction, prize drawing, pet adoptions, carnival, and health fair.

The health fair will provide demonstrations, information, and health care screenings for:

Back Health, Stress Relief, CPR and First Aid, Heart Health, Disability Awareness, Home Health Care, Mental Health, Peripheral Artery Disease Tests, Nutrition, Glucose Testing, Blood Pressure Checks, Physical Therapy, and Bone Density Scans.

“We are excited that Dallas Medical Center is the presenting sponsor for the Dash this year. It has been inspirational to witness every department of the hospital coming together to increase awareness of disability employment issues, while prioritizing a community health fair that has healthy, fun and family-friendly activities for all ages at absolutely no charge,” said J.T. Barnhart, CEO of Dallas Medical Center.

In addition to the health fair, this year’s event features a carnival for children with games, prizes and other fun activities like bounce houses, face painting, and pet adoptions. Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures is featuring six to eight educational animals including a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. More than 500 children from local shelters, group homes, and elementary schools have been invited.

The Dash for Dignity takes place during October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is part of the national campaign What can YOU do? The Achieve event has received proclamations and letters of support from several important community and state leaders including: Governor Greg Abbott, Dallas Mayor Mark Rawlings, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant, U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Dallas Commissioners Court, and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce.

The 24th Annual Dash for Dignity is sponsored by Dallas Medical Center, TXU Energy, Kroger, Fox4, Stantec, The Four P Foundation, Summit Transportation, Freeman, Whataburger, MTV IR, Burns & McDonnell, 20/20 Staffing, Jim Adler & Associates, David Patterson Professional Real Estate, Harris F. Underwood, III, Inc., ACE Cash Express, Norma’s Café, Yumi Ice Cream, Haynes & Boone, Tik: Talk Marketing, Whitney & Rob Strauss, Sterling Protective Services, Chuck Mapes Insurance, AC Mechanical, Care Now, and Hunton & Williams. Mike Doocy of Fox4 is the 2017 Race Emcee and is broadcasting live race morning on Good Day Texas. He and his wife Ruth have supported Achieve for the past 23 years.

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