Rejuvaderm MediSpa, title sponsor of October 13 Gloria Gemma 10K


Dr. Ellen Frankel Places Emphasis on Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection

Dr. Ellen Frankel /Al WeemsPAWTUCKET – October 1 marked the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Rhode Island, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and second deadliest form of cancer among women. One out of every six local women will be diagnosed with the disease during her lifetime.

Dr. Ellen Frankel and her team at Rejuvaderm MediSpa – a Cranston-based, physician-directed personal enhancement treatment center – are proud of their involvement with a local nonprofit that works to make breast cancer more survivable in the Ocean State.

“We recognize the importance of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s work in supporting people affected by breast cancer,” said Dr. Frankel, medical director of Rejuvaderm MediSpa. “That’s what motivated our decision to be the title sponsor of the inaugural Gloria Gemma 10K race, and we’re excited to be involved with this very important cause in a big way.”

The Gloria Gemma 10K is one of four races collectively known as the Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series, all scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. The Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series is part of Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™, an annual three-day event organized by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness and education and to honor people living with breast cancer.

Funds raised from the Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series will help support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s breast health education and awareness outreach tailored to the specific needs of Rhode Island’s underserved communities.

“We are pleased to be a part of this event that will create enhanced awareness about breast cancer so more women will take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same,” added Dr. Frankel, who has been an outspoken proponent of skin cancer awareness for years.

Frankel belongs to Temple Emanu-El in Providence, as well as Congregation Sharah Zedek in Westerly. She is also a member of B’nai B’rith International, an organization considered to be the global voice of the Jewish Community that advocates for global Jewry and human rights.

Dr. Frankel, who has been in private practice since 1987, indicated, “I love what I do, as it has always been my dream and passion.”

“Proceeds from our Run/Walk Series will remain local and be used to help people affected by breast cancer right in our own communities,” said Maria Gemma, executive director of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. “We greatly appreciate the continued support of our participants, and are especially grateful to Dr. Ellen Frankel and Rejuvaderm MediSpa for their partnership and commitment to supporting our local cause.”

The Gloria Gemma 10K is equivalent to 6.21 miles in distance and will start and finish on Francis Street across from Providence Place Mall. The top three overall male and female finishers will receive awards. “The Gloria Gemma 10K presented by Rejuvaderm MediSpa is another option meant to appeal specifically to runners, regardless of skill level or competiveness,” added Dr. Frankel.

On Friday, Oct. 11, the event kicks off with the unveiling of the Foundation’s annual “Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life” Calendar at a special evening ceremony.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, “Celebration Village” at Station Park will come alive at 3 p.m. with education, support, live entertainment and food. That evening, the captivating Illuminations of Life Ceremony will take place on the State House steps facing downtown Providence, concluding with a torch procession – considered to be the pinnacle of the three-day event – down to the Waterplace Basin during WaterFire Providence.

The celebration will conclude on Sunday with the Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series, made up of four races: Gloria Gemma 10K presented by Rejuvaderm MediSpa, the annual Gloria Gemma 5K, a new Kids Fun Run, and the Pink Pump Palooza.

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