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MSPP Holds Seventh Annual 5K Lucero Memorial Run and Latino Mental Health Breakfast on Sunday, September 28, 2008
Date:9/27/2008

Hundreds to "finish" fallen marathon runner's race and raise funds for

Latino Mental Health Training Program at Massachusetts School of

Professional Psychology

BOSTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 28, for the seventh year in a row since her untimely death, hundreds will run or walk to "finish the race" for Dr. Cynthia Lucero, the talented young psychologist who died during the 2002 Boston marathon, at the same time raising funds for her legacy. That legacy is training, through language and cultural immersion, to create culturally sensitive and linguistically competent psychologists (in Spanish) to care for Latinos, the fastest growing segment of the US population.

The race honors the late Dr. Cynthia Lucero, who had devoted her life to helping others through her work and community service; Lucero collapsed from hyponatremia, an electrolyte disturbance of salts in the blood, during the 2002 Boston Marathon. Originally from Ecuador, Lucero completed her doctoral project in psychology the day before the Boston Marathon; she was just 12 days shy of her 28th birthday at her death. This year's Lucero Run will be attended again, as it is every year, by members of her family.

The Dr. Cynthia Lucero Center, founded shortly after her death by MSPP and Dr. Lucero's family and friends, created the Latino Mental Health Training Program as one of its major projects.

More about Lucero is available on the MSPP website at http://mspp.edu/community/lucero-center.asp, and more about the Lucero Run can be found at http://mspp.edu/community/events/lucero-run.asp.

Preceding this year's race at 10:30 a.m., the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology plans a special breakfast for educational, political and Latino leaders to discuss h
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