With the New Year underway, many of us are setting new fitness resolutions, heading back to the gym, or looking for new ways to stay active with family and friends. As we make our new year’s resolutions, this season also serves as an ideal time to recognize and honor those who have volunteered, provided care, and helped make new treatments and vaccines possible. CISCRP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public in clinical research, invites you to register for the 5th annual Medical Heroes Appreci-a-thon event.
At CISCRP, Medical Heroes are clinical trial study volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers, and those on the front lines treating and caring for the public. During the 2023 Medical Heroes Appreci-a-thon, we honor these heroes by sharing their stories and raising awareness about participation in clinical research.
“Recognizing and honoring all the medical heroes who make our work possible is immensely important to us, and the ability to do so while encouraging healthy living and a little company and industry-wide friendly competition. It just felt like a perfect fit.” – Jennifer Byrne, CEO of Javara.
The Medical Heroes Appreci-a-thon is the perfect opportunity to stay active with family and friends while supporting those who help make new treatments possible. This is a fun team-building event in a virtual fitness challenge style. Throughout the month of February, participants can log any physical activity they complete through our race portal. The logging activity will move racers along this year’s French Riviera virtual course. Racers can see Google street views of their location and track themselves, their team, and other racers along the map.
Along the way, racers will see mile marker pop-ups along the course, receive emails that spotlight different Medical Heroes, and share educational facts and resources about clinical trials. Weekly challenges will be throughout the month to keep things exciting, promote fun competitions, and allow dedicated racers to win prizes.
The event is open to everyone — you don’t have to be an athlete to participate! Racers can log their workouts, sports, or any intentional activities done throughout the day, such as dog walking, grocery shopping, or household chores.
Appreci-a-thon racers and sponsoring organizations have shared the following:
“Appreci-a-thon is a fun way to give back, learn about clinical research, and honor Medical Heroes.” – Racer
“This challenge is a great way to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues!” – Racer
“As someone in their late twenties, clinical research was not really on my radar until working at CISCRP. The importance of research, and all the medical heroes who help make new treatments possible, affects everyone every day without us even realizing it. I think this event is a way to reach a demographic of people who may not be joining educational webinars, reading articles related to clinical research, or attending seminars or things like that. It meets people where they are in an exciting and engaging way while also exposing them to important information and inspiring stories.” – Justine Holleran, Senior Coordinator, Community Events & Programs, CISCRP
The Medical Heroes Appreci-a-thon begins February 1st, so invite your friends, family members, and colleagues to participate in this exciting challenge. Participants can learn more information and register here.
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the public and patient communities. Visit http://www.CISCRP.org for more information or to participate in CISCRP’s educational initiatives.