Thanks to everyone for joining us at the 15th Annual Race for Hope - DC on Sunday, May 6th. The Race for Hope - DC, presented by Cassidy Turley, is the world's largest brain tumor community event. The 2012 event had over 11,000 participants and raised nearly $2.5 million to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. Through generous gifts from individuals and company sponsorships, the Race for Hope - DC has raised more than $17 million in its history. Don't miss next year's race: Sunday, May 5, 2013!
The Race is organized by a committed group of volunteers and was founded by Nike Beddow, Dana Daczkowski, and Lionel and Sandy Chaiken. Lionel and Sandy lost their 31-year-old daughter, Pamela, to a brain tumor and began to raise funds for research in her memory. Dana was five years into her own battle with brain cancer and wanted to raise public awareness of this devastating disease. She and her sister, Nike, decided that a 5K run/walk would be a healthy way to reach other patients, survivors and their families. Unfortunately Dana also lost her battle shortly after the first Race for Hope. Nike, a current member of the ABC2 team, and the Chaikens are still involved with the event and are so proud of how far it’s come.
The Race for Hope - DC is so much more than a run/walk. Race-day activities memorialize our loved ones, honor survivors and healthcare professionals, and involve our children in our efforts to find a cure. We will have live music, food and beverage, a vendor village, jumbo screen and, most importantly, the Wall of Hope, a 24-foot wall that honors brain tumor survivors and those who have lost their battle.
There is also a wonderful Survivors Tribute at the start of the Race. We honor the more than 350 survivors at the event and cheer them on as they walk together to the Start Line to officially kick off the run.