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Published on October 24, 2011

Second Annual ‘Heel the Burn’ 5K Walk/Run Benefits Burn Treatment Center

The second annual Heel the Burn 5K walk/run on June 11 at Williamstown Middle/High School in Williamstown, N.J., was a success once again. The event attracted more than 130 participants and raised more than $3,700 for the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

Jackie Roberts, a nurse practitioner, launched the event last year as a way to combine her love of running with her gratitude for the care she received at the Burn Treatment Center after being burned in a cooking accident in 2009. With the help of her six-person, family-oriented committee, she was able to make the event a reality. At the event, the top runners received gift cards, and medals were given out to runners in several age groups. A “fun run” for childen was also held after the main event.

Roberts hopes that the funds she raises for the Burn Treatment Center can be used for equipment, education and sponsorships. She says that she was pleased that Cara Rooney, another former Burn Treatment Center patient, participated in the run with a number of her family, friends, and other employees of the Burn Treatment Center under the team name “Wolf Pack.”

“I am proud to do this event every year because it is such a worthy cause,” Roberts says.

If you would like to participate in the Heel the Burn 5K walk/run next year, or if you have any questions, e-mail Roberts at

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