Keep Pounding 5K helps provide local access to cancer treatments, clinical trials

The Carolina Panthers, Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute, and virtual runners and supporters of local cancer research and programs, are teaming up for their 11th annual Keep Pounding 5K to help provide local access to the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials.

The Panthers have a long partnership with Atrium Health and a rich history supporting its cancer programs through Keep Pounding — a campaign established in 2004 to honor former players Sam Mills and Mark Fields, who had both been recently diagnosed with cancer.

Mills, who lost his battle with cancer, coined the phrase “Keep Pounding” in an inspirational speech to his teammates.

Since its inception, the Keep Pounding 5K has raised over $3 million to support cancer programs at Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute.

During the virtual race week, May 31-June 5, be active in honor of the Keep Pounding initiative by running, walking, biking or completing any physical activity.

Be creative. Walk 5,100 steps in honor of the late Sam Mills (#51) during your training or race week; swim 51 laps; complete 51 burpees. The possibilities for how you can participate in support of the Keep Pounding Fund are endless.

Your support enables Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s to offer Phase I and Phase II clinical research trials and the latest cancer treatments to patients where they need it most — close to home.

Donations to the Keep Pounding Fund are used to support:

  • Clinical research (Phase I & II cancer research trials)
  • Patient navigators
  • Wellness and survivorship programs, education and outreach
  • State-of-the-art technology and equipment (improving cancer detection and treatment)

Click here to register to be a virtual participant for $30 (includes an event T-shirt).

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at