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Wisconsin Physician Sets Course to Run 5-Kilometer Runs in 50 Days in All 50 States to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

Waukesha-based nephrologist to run consecutive 5k events in each state over 50 days in May and June, starting in Hawaii and concluding in Milwaukee

DELAFIELD, Wis., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise awareness for the prevalence of mental health issues in the U.S. while also reinforcing the power of fitness to help overcome anxiety, Dr. Adel Korkor, a nephrologist from Delafield, is launching a new event series called the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series. Korkor will be participating in each event himself, where he will be running one five kilometer run a day for 50 consecutive days across all 50 states.

Korkor's journey will begin May 5, 2018 in Hawaii, and will culminate with a large event in the Milwaukee area on June 23, 2018.

Dr. Korkor turned to running as a tool to improve and maintain his own mental health and well-being. After suffering from a number of panic attacks early on in his career, Korkor began running – and hasn't stopped since. Over the past 27 years, he's run more than 200 marathons, half marathons and other races. He found that running helped him to manage the frequency and intensity of panic attacks and dreamed of an event series that would get people talking about mental health awareness while also encouraging fitness.

"There is a such a stigma about mental health in our country today, and this event series is just one way I hope to share my own journey with others who may be struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges and let them know they're not alone," said Korkor.

Information on each event, as well as registration and donation, can be found at www.fivefiftyfifty.com.

About Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series
The mission of the Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series is to make the world a better place for those suffering from mental illness. The funds raised will be used to increase awareness, address the shortage of affordable care, emphasize the importance of wellness in mental health, fund research and focus on underserved groups such as veterans and those suffering from addiction. The Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk Series begins in Hawaii on May 5, 2018 and concludes in the Milwaukee area on June 23, 2018. More information can be found at www.fivefiftyfifty.com.

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