Porterville Breakfast Rotary to Host Run for Life Event in Support of SVMC’s Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center

Returning after two years, the Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club is encouraging everyone to lace up their shoes to walk, run and fundraise for their Annual ‘Run for Life’ event, taking place at Granite Hills High School on May 7, 2022, at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sierra View Medical Center’s Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center. As with year’s past, the event will honor community members who are bravely battling or have lost their life to cancer. This year’s honorees are Rick Cooksey and Missy Wise.

“On behalf of the Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club, we’re looking forward to offering the annual ‘Run for Life’ after a two year hiatus, due to the pandemic,” said Marty Lalanne, a local avid runner and Porterville Breakfast Rotary member who has played an immense role in coordinating the event for several years. “It’s a great feeling to get the community back together for a fun and active event that is supporting our community’s well-being, nearby cancer treatment, and those who have been impacted by cancer in some way or another.”

Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club is a long-time supporter of Sierra View and the Cancer Treatment Center. The ‘Run for Life’ event is a way to gather a local community of like-minded survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and participants who want to support the local cancer treatment and resources that are available locally in Porterville.

Proceeds from this event go directly to the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center’s treatment support and outreach programs. With these funds, the Cancer Treatment Center is able to provide cancer support and education to those who seek treatment in Porterville. Funds will help in areas including: hosting cancer support groups, a survivor's day celebration, breast cancer awareness event, equipment, health fairs and several community outreach projects along with the purchase of educational materials.

At this year’s event, as the runners and walkers cross the finish line, the fun will continue. Local yoga instructor, Elizabeth Dieterle, RYT will help participants flow right into a relaxing cool down. Refreshments and pancakes provided by the Porterville Runners Club, Stafford’s Chocolates, and Eagle Feather Trading Post will be available to refuel runners and walkers as well. Music, inspirational words and special moments of reflection will fill the event from beginning to end, all while supporting a good cause and celebrating the lives of this year’s honorees.

This Year’s Honorees:

Rick Cooksey was a Porterville Police Officer, committed to our community and public safety and Missy Wise, was a special needs educator with a deep love of family and the outdoors. Their full bios can be found by visiting, portervillerunforlife.com 

Event Snapshot:

Who: Walkers, runners and supporters of the cause.

What: Local 5k run/walk in support of Sierra View Medical Center’s Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center; in honor of those who have been affected by cancer; and in celebration of the lives of locals, Rick Cooksey and Missy Wise.

Where: Race start location is atGranite Hills High School, 1701 E. Putnam Ave, Porterville, CA 93257

When: Race time begins at 8 a.m., but race participants are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event.

To Register: Visit, portervillerunforlife.com

Run for Life is a way to be united as a community by anyone affected by cancer. It’s for celebrating the lives lost to cancer, giving hope to those battling it and showing respect to those who have been the support systems behind those with the disease. The Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club and all volunteers hope this event not only is a support for the local Cancer Treatment Center, but would like this event to continue to bring anyone out for a fun race that is also a movement for courage and resilience of local families who have been affected by cancer. Those interested in registering to run or walk for a good cause, may visit portervillerunforlife.com.