When Neogen’s health and wellness committee got together to dream up a wellness event that supported a good cause they certainly didn’t have to look too far.
And, no matter how far and wide they might have looked, it’s unlikely they could have found a better cause.
Neogen’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk at Sparrow Hospital will benefit Sparrow’s Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, which is set to open in 2017. Both Neogen CEO James Herbert and his wife Judi are cancer survivors who were treated at Sparrow. (By coincidence, the race route runs past the Herberts’ beautiful house on Jerome Street, east of the hospital.)
Mr. Herbert explained the reason for the race.
“We’ve had a number of employees here in Lansing who have had an encounter with cancer, including both my wife and I,” he said. “It’s hard to even put into words what it means to someone battling cancer to have a great medical center so close, like we have with Sparrow. The cancer center will be an extension of the hospital, and will provide the opportunity for even better care for all those continuing to fight cancer, or for those whose battles are yet to come.
“When we looked around for an event to sponsor, we noticed we have a number of employees who are already involved in running and walking races of various distances. So it seemed like a natural idea to go with that type of wellness event, and put Neogen’s name on it,” he continued. “We always like to give back to those who gave to us, and certainly this community has given tremendously to Neogen, helping us grow from two employees to where we are today. Our employees do all sorts of great things for the community, although usually in relatively quiet ways. Sponsoring this event is a bit of a more high profile way of giving back to the community that has given so much to us.”