VALPARAISO | On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Foundation for Molecular Medicine (FFMM) will host an outdoor festival at Sunset Hill Farm Park in Valparaiso featuring microbreweries from around Northwest Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day starts off with a 5K fun-run, continues with live music, food, and unlimited tastings from a variety of regional microbreweries until 4 p.m.
The 21-and-over festival will include four local musical groups: Keith Jackson and the Triple Dose Band, Barleywine Sound Union, The Roberts and Concept a talented group composed of students from Boone Grove ad Crown Point High Schools. Food vendors representing a variety of festival cuisine will also be on-hand selling from their menu items. The unlimited beer tastings will be offered to festival attendees for a $40 donation to the organization. There is a Dedicated Driver donation also being offered for $15. Tickets can be obtained by going to www.brewathlon.com.
The BrewAthlon is the first fundraiser of this kind for FFMM, which is an organization that focuses on the fight against cancer through education, prevention and research programs. Last year they hosted the LakeShore 12-20 a run, walk, bike and paddle event at the Indiana Dunes State Park, a golf outing, and earlier this year their Health and Wellness Expo was held at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana.
The Foundation for Molecular Medicine is a 501( c )3 organization dedicated to educating the Northwest Indiana community about the importance of early detection of metastatic cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, promoting healthy lifestyles, and expanding molecular medicine and cancer research opportunities.
Founder, Frank Szczepanski also co-founded a biomedical technology company based in Indiana that develops solutions for monitoring blood-borne diseases and creating innovative molecular diagnostic products.
“A cancer diagnosis deeply changes the lives of the patient and the family. Our goal is to help increase their chances of successful treatment through early detection, and education is a key component to this,” he says.
Microbreweries and food vendors who want to be a part of this very important event, can contact FFMM at 219-644-3238. More information is also available at www.ffmm.org, and they can be found on Facebook as Foundation for Molecular Medicine and as BrewAthlon.