The second edition of “:Straight into Baguio’s Heart”, a fun run to draw community support to the city’s growing number of hemodialysis patients, will fire off on September 26, city sports officer Gaudencion Gonzales announced this week.
The run, bracketed into the 3K, 5K and 10K events, keeps alive the city’s centennial theme “Fostering A Culture of Caring” and keeps alive the spirit of sharing that city mayor Mauricio Domogan introduced a year ago to spice up the city’s founding anniversary celebration.
As in last year’s run, proceeds from the three-bracket footrace will go to a fund from which the growing number of kidney patients here who are undergoing expensive twice or thrice a week dialysise can draw support for their lifetime treatment.
The city has teamed up anew with the Baguio General Hospical and Medical Center Dialysis Patients and Partners Association headed by social worker Nora Mangusan for the run-for-a-cause that mayor Domogan hoped would again be supported by busisnessmen and the public as a public-private partnership effort.
“The number of patients undergoing hemodialysis is growing at an alarming rate, reason enough for the city to include this humanitarian thrust in its founding anniversary observance,” the mayor said.
Last year’s initial run netted P312,935.63 out of registration fees and donations that went to partially payment of the change of fistula at P6,000 each for 27 patients, confinement fund support of P3,000 each to 45 patients, and another fund support of P2,000 each to five severe cases, with a balance of P1,129.29 from bank interest remaining.
Those covered by support to their fistula change were Ferdinand Tuzon of Baguio, Angelo Natividad of Asingan, Pangasinan; Jonathen Bulwayan of Baguio City, Harry Pagnas of La Union, Gregoriao Capones of La Trinidad, David Apil (Tuba, Benguet), Emilda Bustarde (Pacdal, Baguio), Liezel Kinakin (Baguio), Juliet Pascual (Burgos, La Union Fely Galon (Baguio), Nancy Bugnay (La Trinidad, Benguet), Armndo Siano (La Trinidad, Benguet), Teresa Rullan (Baguio), Marclon Tercero )Itogon), Joseph Lansuyan (Bakun, Benguet), Fe Domingo (Baguio), Vicente Ekwey (Camp 3 Knnon Rd.), Fryla de la Pena (Kapangan, Benguet), Amor Orpilla (Baguio), Leonard Nalos (Baguio), Sharon Dalida (La Trinidad), Cristina Saingan (Tuba), Ramon Dacawi (baguio) Euddncia Canlas (Baguio City), Virgiilio Clementa (Baguio), David Puguon (baguio ), Lucio Briones (Natividad, Pangasinan)./Ramon Dacawi.