Palm Coast - Last fall's Pink Army 5K run/walk was one of the most successful ever - raising $16,694 for AdventHealth Palm Coast's breast cancer fund, which provides screening mammograms, diagnostic studies and education to qualified local people.

Representatives of the AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation, Palm Coast Data and Palm Coast Parks & Recreation, along with Palm Coast City Council members, celebrated Tuesday with the presentation of an oversized check at the City Council meeting. Palm Coast Data was recognized for "Best Team Participation" for 2018, with 56 registered participants.

"The City of Palm Coast is proud to partner with the AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation on the Pink Army 5K every October," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. "I run/walk the 5K with my Coastal Cloud team, and it's an honor to be a part of such an important cause. The money raised stays in our community, to help our friends and neighbors with early detection and treatment that has been shown to save lives. I ask all Palm Coast residents to get involved this year."

About 800 people walked or ran in the 5K, the One-Mile "Pink Out Your Pup" Fun Walk or the Kids Fun Run. The race started at the hospital and followed a route through Town Center last Oct. 14.

Tony Papandrea, Chairman of the AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation Board, thanked the City for its support.

"The check for 16,694, that's the largest amount that we have had ever," Papandrea said. "It's a 15-percent increase over 2017 and it tells me one thing - we are growing in awareness and effectiveness. People are listening and people are doing what we're asking them to do - which is early detection, go get a screening."

"We have distributed over the years over $150,000 to our underserved people, men and women, in our community with breast cancer problems and breast cancer issues," he said. "We have helped over 300 people perform over 700 breast cancer procedures and that goes for mammograms to surgeries."

"As I was walking through your hallway over here, if you look at the pictures here, this describes how 'feeling whole' is all about in our community," AdventHealth Palm Coast Chief Operating Officer Wally De Aquino said. "Kids playing, people fishing, people playing golf, riding their bike, and that's what we believe. So I think we have a synergy."

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Pink Army 5K - on Sunday morning, Oct. 13.

For more information, contact Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.