FLINT, Mich. — May 30, 2014 — Diplomat, the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy, will be hosting Flint’s third annual “Diplodash Ice Cream Bash” 5K.

The event, to be held Thursday, June 5, 2014, will feature a 5K run, a 5K walk and a “Junior Scoop Shuffle,” a short run just for kids. All participants will be treated to ice cream after the race from Dairy Queen, as well as musical entertainment from DJ Paul EO.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Diplomat’s Helping Hands Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds to help patients in need afford their medications.

Diplomat has partnered with the Riverbend Striders Running Club to organize, promote and run the event. Race registrations can be submitted online at www.riverbendstriders.com or by printing and mailing the form. Registration including a race t-shirt is $20 on or before May 30 or $10 without a race t-shirt. After May 30, the registration fee will be $25/15 respectively. Registration for the Junior Scoop Shuffle is $6 on or before May 30; late registration is $10.

All races will start and finish at the downtown Flint YMCA, 411 East Third Street, Flint, Michigan. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program of races starting at 6:15 p.m. with the Junior Scoop Shuffle. The 5K course will take participants through the downtown Flint area. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race to the top overall and masters male and female runners, as well as the top three finishers in each age group.

Free parking for the event will be available at all UM–Flint lots.

In addition to the sweet treats provided by the Saginaw Street Dairy Queen, sponsors for this year’s event include Coley Vending, ELGA Credit Union, Kelly Services, Siwek Construction, LSG Insurance Partners, Goyette Mechanical, Patrick Widing Custom Homes, AmerisourceBergen and FedEx.

The Helping Hands Foundation is just one of the ways that Diplomat seeks to provide assistance to patients. The company’s funding department helped connect patients with more than $24 million in funding assistance in 2013. Co-pay assistance can make the difference for a patient having to choose between paying for their medication or paying for their basic living expenses. Diplomat’s funding experts work to secure these opportunities for patients through external foundations and grants.

About Diplomat

Diplomat serves patients and physicians in all 50 states as the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. Headquartered in Flint, Mich., the company focuses on medication management programs for people with specialized, long-term medical needs, including cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis and many other serious or chronic conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy with one essential tenet: “Take good care of patients, and the rest falls into place.” Today, that tradition continues — always focused on increasing adherence and improving outcomes. Diplomat has accreditations with URAC, PCAB, VAWD, ASHP and ACHC. Learn more at diplomat.is.