Register Now for Race the Helix 5K, 1 Mile Run/Walk

To Benefit SC Birth Defects Foundation at Greenwood Genetic Center

Greenwood Genetic Center – October 15, 2011 – Registration is open for the 1st annual Race the Helix 5K, 1 Mile Run/Walk to benefit the SC Birth Defects Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15th at the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) located at 106 Gregor Mendel Circle in Greenwood, SC and will be hosted by the Greenwood Endurance Team.

All proceeds benefit the SC Birth Defects Foundation, the fundraising arm of GGC. Entry fees for the race are:

 5k                                            1 Mile Run/Walk

$20 (before 9/25)                   $15 (before 9/25)
$25 after                                 $20 after

Participants who register by September 25 are guaranteed a t-shirt.

Race the Helix is inspired by the family of 10-month old Ryleigh Shenal. Diagnosed with a rare chromosome deletion, Ryleigh is one of more than 25,000 patients who receive care through GGC’s state-of-the-art clinical, diagnostic and treatment programs each year. Coordinating Race the Helix is one family’s effort to raise awareness for the services provided by GGC that continue to make the Center at the forefront of knowledge on genetic disease and birth defects. Funds raised through the SC Birth Defects Foundation provide direct assistance to these services and programs. Ryleigh’s father and member of the Greenwood Endurance Team, Stephen Shenal, notes, The impact the Greenwood Genetic Center makes every day through the resources they provide are immeasurable. One day the search for a cure, a treatment or preventive measure for genetic disorders will not be necessary, and the GGC will help take us there. Race the Helix is one way to help raise the funds to make this vision a reality.

Tours of the Greenwood Genetic Center and other family-oriented activities will also be available October 15, before and after the race. McDonald’s breakfast will also be provided to all race participants. Registration forms are available online at, and checks should be made out to Greenwood Endurance Team. For more information on Race the Helix please contact the Greenwood Endurance Team at or contact Stephen Shenal at (864) 941-6091.

About Greenwood Genetic Center

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects.  At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics.  GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve.  GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. For more information about GGC please visit


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