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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – (September 17, 2016) – An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 4,500 participants including runners, walkers, spectators and families from around South Florida came out to join theCitrix 6th Annual Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk Presented by Sabadell United Bank (MCHF5K). The race began at Coral Gables City Hall and included a Vendor Village, Kids Fun Zone and Kids Fun Run. To date, the MCHF5K has raised nearly $2.5 million dollars for the children and families who depend on Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


This year, several of the foundation’s Celebrity Ambassadors took part with their own 5K teams, including cross-over television and movie actress Ximena Duque, and journalist and television host, Erick Cuesta. Also, several local television personalities joined the cause including Univision morning anchor, Eileen Cardet, WSVN7 morning anchor Diana Diaz, Univision Radio personality Alberto Sardiñas, and actress and model, Maripily Rivera, among others. Beatriz Canals, Emmy-nominated journalist, and a longtime supporter of MCH Foundation, served as Master of Ceremonies.


The top male finisher was Joshua Estrada with a winning time of 16.22, and Ana Cadreche was the top female finisher at 22.54.This year’stop ‘FUN’raising team was Nico’s Promise, who raised a total of $13,434, and the top fundraising individual was Carolina Exposito, who raised a total of $4,540.


This year’s MCHF5K hero, 17-year-old cancer survivor Raquel, inspired participants before the start of the race and motivated the crowd to run for children like her. Raquel participated with her team “Oliver Forever Strong.” Raquel is in remission after receiving treatment at Nicklaus Children’s for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. 


“This event is very important to connect with the community and increase awareness of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and cutting-edge research,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of MCH Foundation. “We are so grateful to the athletes, families, hospital and foundation employees, volunteers and sponsors who worked so hard to make this race a success.”


The MCHF5K would not have been possible without the support of several sponsors, including CITRIX, Sabadell United Bank, YouFit, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, City of Coral Gables and Multi-Race. Clear Channel Communications, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, WSVN Channel 7, WLTV Univision 23, Univision Radio stations AMOR 107.5 FM, MIX 98.3 FM, RADIO MAMBI 710 AM and WQBA 1140 AM, iHeart Radio stations MY93.9, BIG 105.9, 610 WIOD, MEGA 94.9 and Y100, KIDDOS Magazine, and All in One Direct Marketing Solutions, served as media sponsors.  For more information or to view runner times and photos, please visit




About Miami Children's Health Foundation

Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, now a part of the Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 740 attending physicians and over 220 pediatric subspecialists. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and help fund priorities such as the expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, enhancements to its three centers of excellence, and expanding global/telehealth endeavors. Other campaign priorities include research, pediatric outreach and special programs. For more information, please visit


About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System – is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 740 attending physicians and over 220 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016-17, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit


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Main Phone: 305.666.2889 | Toll Free: 800.987.8701 | Fax: 305.666.3078
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), Charity number 59-1720704.