Race for Hope On Track to Raise Record $2.5 Million For Brain Tumor Research

American Idol David Cook Returns To Serve As Honorary Chair and Join Thousands in Race

The 14th Annual Race for Hope – DC, presented by Cassidy Turley was a resounding success, with over 12,000 people participating and on track to raise a record $2.5 million to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. "We are so thankful to the patients and their families, sponsors, volunteers and our partners at NBTS.  Together we have created the largest brain tumor community gathering in the country that raises awareness and dollars that will lead to new, effective treatments for brain tumor patients," said Max Wallace, CEO of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

“Today was an amazing tribute to the memory of my brother and to others who lost their battle with brain cancer, as well survivors and family members who continue to fight the disease,” said David Cook, previous American Idol® winner and Honorary Chair of the Race for Hope. “I hope that today’s race continues to raise awareness for brain cancer research and help find an eventual cure.”

The "Weekend of Hope" kicked off on Friday, April 29 with an afternoon round of Golf for Hope, sponsored by Blue Mash Golf Course and an evening "Concert for Hope" with American Idol David Cook at the Warner Theater.  Highlights of race day included a Kids Fun Run, a Survivor’s Tribute, a Wall of Hope and a display of masks and hats worn by brain tumor survivors during treatment. These activities provide family and friends who have lost loved ones with an opportunity to celebrate their lives and provide support for each other.

This year’s Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award was given to Rob Long, a Syracuse football player diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010.

“I want to thank my family, friends all the attendees for honoring me with the Triumph of Spirit Award,” said Long. “I have been looking forward to the race for a long time and the strength I have gotten from this community is something that will stay with me forever.”

Since the Race for Hope- DC started 14 years ago, the event has raised more than $14 million for brain tumor research and support for those affected by the disease. Each year, the Race for Hope – DC helps to bring hope and attention to the often underserved brain tumor community. The need to increase research funding is more urgent than ever – there are currently over 600,000 people living with a primary brain tumor diagnosis in the U.S. and within the next 12 months, more than 210,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor.

We are grateful to all the participants, teams, donors, volunteers and major corporate sponsors who have joined the fight against brain tumors.  A record-breaking 550 family, friend and company teams participated in the Race.  David Cook's Team for a Cure was recognized as the top team, raising over $116,000.  Top sponsors included: Cassidy Turley, Genentech, Holliday, Fenoglio Fowler/The Conley Family, The Case Foundation, Children’s National Medical Center, Blue Mash Golf Course, Clear Channel Communications, Morgan Lewis, LivingSocial, GEICO, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Urban Country, Beacon Capital and Washington Examiner.

You can still donate to the 2011 Race for Hope DC by clicking here.

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