Matthew Adkins may have been the first person to cross the finish line in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' inaugural Treasure Chests 5K Run/Walk on Sunday morning, but he was far from the race's only winner.
A day that started with more than 1,300 runners and walkers participating in what is sure to become a Bay area tradition culminated in the Buccaneers' announcing a $30,000 donation that will benefit equally the American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center. Adkins, who finished the 5K in 16:34 as the overall male winner and barely held off Larry Smart (16:40) in the Masters category, can appreciate that windfall for breast cancer research as much as the trophy he took home.
"I had a lot of family affected with cancer," said Adkins. "A good friend of the family lost his life to breast cancer, male breast cancer. They’ve been in my thoughts today. My grandma is battling it now, my grandpa is battling now, so I just had them in my thoughts.
"A lot of people are affected by it. It’s nice to see a professional team put on a professional event for the community."
The Treasure Chests 5K was part of a weekend full of activities aimed at raising awareness of the issue of breast cancer and funds to help find a cure for the disease, of which there are currently more than 2.8 million survivors in United States.
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