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July 1, 2009 > Eden Medical Center celebrates heroes of Run to the Lake

Eden Medical Center celebrates heroes of Run to the Lake

Submitted By Shelly Gordon

For 22 years, Ken-Drea Gehring endured chronic breathing problems and seizures that left her disabled with permanent memory loss, excessive weight gain and osteoporosis from a daily regimen of prednisone. The constant drill of 9-1-1 calls, followed by trips to the Eden Medical Center ER and lengthy stays in the ICU, led Gehring's doctors to conclude, "She's just not going to make it."

But on Sunday, July 12, at 8 a.m. sharp, Gehring, 31, will participate in her first 5k- walk at this year's annual Run to the Lake.

Gehring will join more than 1,000 other walkers and runners, including 79-year-old retired Hayward Police Sergeant, D.J. Harrison. He followed his cardiologist's advice after having triple bypass surgery and signed up for Eden Medical Center's EdenFit to regain his strength. Harrison will be walking the 5k at Run to the Lake for his seventh consecutive year. Now a family tradition, Harrison will be accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. According to the former police officer, "If I didn't do all this exercise I would not be enjoying the lifestyle I now have."

Rudy Van Pelt, an assistant coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Teams In Training, will bring his team to practice their first official training run.

Run to the Lake, the popular 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk and 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) in Castro Valley supports the Trauma Prevention Program at Eden Medical Center, the regional trauma center for southern Alameda County. The event draws participants from around the Bay Area and beyond. Both walk and run courses begin at Eden Medical Center, 20103 Lake Chabot Road, then wind their way to scenic Lake Chabot Park, finishing back at the hospital.

New this year, Eden is hosting a Health Expo at its Lake Chabot Road parking lot. For the first time, attendees will be able to drop off their unused and expired medications and mercury thermometers, where Eden Hospital staff will safely dispose of them.

Clinical staff and physicians will also be at the Health Expo to provide free health information and free screenings, including cholesterol/glucose, blood pressure, bone density foot screening and more. The outdoor Health Expo is free and open to the entire community from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Children, ages three to eight will have their own exclusive event, the 50-yard Kids Dash. Every child will receive a finisher's ribbon, goodie bag and special tee-shirt. Also, the first 100 children who participate will receive one free month of Tae Kwon Do lessons with a free uniform from Martial Arts America and be included in a random prize drawing for a karate birthday party.

On-line registration before July 9 is $25 for the walk/run and $11 for the Kids Dash. Registration after July 9 through race day will be $30 for the walk/run and $15 for the Kids Dash. For more information, to register online, or to see a list of participating locations where registration forms are available, go to Interested in volunteering? Call the Run to the Lake Hotline at (510) 727-2744.

Eden Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based medical center that includes Eden Hospital, San Leandro Hospital, and Laurel Grove Acute Rehabilitation Hospital. By working together, Eden Medical Center's physicians, volunteers and dedicated employees ensure that the community has access to exceptional medical, surgical, psychiatric and rehabilitative services. Celebrating 50 years of serving the health care needs of the community, Eden offers a wide range of health and wellness classes, support groups and specialty services for the entire family. For a complete listing or to explore our full library of health information, visit Eden online at

Run to the Lake and Health Expo
Sunday, July 12
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Race at 8 a.m.)
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley
(510) 727-2744

Fees for race registration $11/$15 Kids Dash or $25/$30 Walk/Run

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