The Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition (UPIHC) is proud to announce the Pacific Health 5K taking place on Saturday July 13, 2019 at Salt Lake City's Liberty Park. When we look at the health of our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community in Utah-- heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and most importantly infant mortality are among the top health disparities. The Pacific Health 5K is a way to remind our NHPI community members to stay active and to have fun doing it as a family or with friends. The Pacific Health 5K event will help raise awareness on important health issues, promote healthy lifestyles, and motivate our community to take back their health, one step at a time.
Registration- Now Open!
- Pre-register Online: $25.00- 10 years or older (Includes a free event t-shirt)
- Cost is $30.00 on the day of, t-shirt is included, but size is not guaranteed
- Free for Children under 10 years old (T-shirt not included, but available to purchase separately)
GIVING BACK: AGNES Lomu & Chris Lock
All proceeds for this event are all donated to two deserving families from the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander community that are currently experiencing extenuating health issues and need assistance with medical care and/or living expenses that were nominated by the community. This year's recipients are Agnes Lomu- Penitani and Chris Lock.
Agnes was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that is metastatic to her liver and lungs. She is a wife and mother to three beautiful young children, one of which has a rare genetic disease that requires extensive care. Agnes has been a hero and champion in the community, helping the refugee community in Utah and volunteering with the SLC Pacific Island Business Alliance.
As Agnes is undergoing treatment and caring for her young children, she has not been able to work full-time. Proceeds from this event will help the Lomu-Penitani with living and medical expenses.
In 2015, Chris was diagnosed with Stage 4 naseo-pharyngeal cancer. He completed treatment at the end of that year, but is no longer able to work. Last year his oncologist discovered necrosis of the brain, which has impacted Chris' short term memory.
Chris and his wife Amy have endured these medical conditions while supporting their teenage and young adult children through church missions and college. The proceeds for this event will help relieve the family of some of their financial burdens.
We can always use more helping hands! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, we need you. Please contact our Pacific Health 5K organizer, Laneta Fitisemanu at Laneta@pacifichealth5k.org.