Florida Brain Cancer 5k Raises $146k

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - More than 800 runners and walkers joined forces on Sunday, March 6, 2011 for the 2nd Annual Florida Brain Cancer 5k Run/Walk, and together raised more than $146,000 to benefit brain cancer research projects and collaborations through Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

 “The turnout and support shown by Palm Beach County is inspiring,” said Max Wallace, CEO of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. “The awareness and the funds raised today by these survivors, friends, family members and volunteers will inspire the hope and the research needed to find a cure for brain cancer and continue the momentum towards creating a world-class research hub right here in Florida.”

The funds raised will be speed the development of new and improved therapies for brain cancer patients. Dr. Erin Dunbar of University of Florida, a 2010 Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure grantee, spoke about the importance of the event to her work, “It is important for patients, families, doctors and researchers to work together.  There is much to be hopeful about.  We are improving treatments, together we will find a cure."

In addition to raising funds for a cure, the Florida Brain Cancer 5k provides anyone who has been affected by a brain tumor diagnosis with the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their loved ones and provide support for one another.

As part of the 5K run/walk, the family-friendly event featured a Kids Fun Run, a Survivor’s Tribute to honor the courage and determination of local survivors, and a Wall of Hope displaying pictures of brain tumor survivors and of those who have lost their battle with this devastating disease.

Top sponsors and teams included Genentech BioOncology, The Case Foundation, The Redina Companies, Versa Property Management, Promega, Moondance, Palm Beach Yacht Brokerage & Friends, and Team Beam.

For more information, visit www.floridabraincancer5k.org

Click here to view an article about the 5k in The Palm Beach Post.

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