UNMC is proud to announce their 4th annual Skate-a-thon 24-hour event will run this year from noon on January 10th until noon on January 11th.  The public is invited to attend and participate; cost is $10 for individuals. The registration fee includes skate rental and ice access, and people can skate as long as they wish. The UNMC Ice Rink, which is located east of 42nd Street about halfway between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street, can handle up to 125 people on the ice at any time. It is located north of the Sorrell Center and south of the UNMC College of Pharmacy.  There also will be hot drinks, food and snacks. DJs and guest emcees will keep the event moving, as skaters will groove to continual music.

The previous three skate-a-thons at UNMC netted more than $110,000, and proceeds will go toward clinical and basic science Parkinson’s research at UNMC and The PHD Program (Parkinson’s Health Development), a non-profit, local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s. Skaters and non-skaters can register online or make a pledge at http://www.unmc.edu/publicrelations/skateathon.htm. Walk-in registration also will be available at the event.  Sponsorships are also still available. For information on becoming a sponsor, go to http://www.unmc.edu/publicrelations/skateathon_become-a-sponsor.htm.