FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014
Allyson Burns (202) 467-2059
RACE FOR HOPE - DC RAISES $2.4 MILLION FOR BRAIN TUMOR RESEARCH
Over $22 Million Raised Since 1998; American Idol® David Cook Returns as Honorary Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C.−On Sunday, the 17th annual Race for Hope – DC, presented by Cassidy Turley brought together more than 12,000 brain cancer advocates raising nearly $2.4 million to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. These organizations, as well as all of the participants, survivors, and volunteers share the hope for a day when a cure for brain tumors exists.
The funds raisedwill help the National Brain Tumor Society drive strategic research for the discovery of new brain tumor treatments and a cure, improve public policy to strengthen research, ensure access to essential health care services and foster expedited approvals for new potential treatments. Proceeds also enable Accelerate Brain Cancer Cureto fund novel translational research and investments in early-stage biotechnology companies to hasten the discovery of a cure for brain cancer.
“The Race for Hope - DC is an amazing experience. I love being part of this dedicated community committed to finding a cure for this awful disease,” said David Cook, previous American Idol® winner and Honorary Chair of the Race for Hope – DC. Cook’s “Team for a Cure” raised more than $89,000.
“Cassidy Turley takes great pride in our sponsorship of the Race for Hope - DC,” said James Cassidy, Executive Managing Director and Principal, Cassidy Turley whose team raised more than $116,000 for this year’s race. “For 13 years now, we have honored our company’s founder and my father Pat Cassidy’s memory by raising money to combat the disease that took him from us far too soon. Through our collective efforts, we are making a difference in the lives of current brain tumor patients and providing significant funds to those who are searching for a cure to this disease.”
This year’s Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award recipients are Ellyn and Mark Miller, Loudon county residents who daughter, Gabriella Miller, a young childhood cancer advocate, died of brain cancer last year, at the age of 10. “We’re honored to receive the Triumph of Spirit award in memory of Gabriella just one month after Congress passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act to support research into childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases and disorders," said Ellyn Miller. "Our daughter was a fierce advocate - speaking in front of hundreds of people about childhood cancer, raising money to go to research and starting the Smashing Walnuts Foundation with her family."
Highlights of the 17th annual Race for Hope - DCinclude a Survivor Tribute featuring over 350 brain tumor survivors who marched together towards the start line as a symbol of hope and strength in their battle against brain tumors. The Race for Hope - DC is the culmination of a weekend of activities, which also featured the Golf for Hope tournament at Blue Mash Golf Course and many team-sponsored fundraising parties.These activities provide an opportunity for family and friends to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones, as well as provide support to each other.
Top sponsors include: Cassidy Turley, Holliday, Fenoglio and Fowler and the Conley Family, the Case Foundation, CoStar Group, Morgan Lewis, OncoSynergy, GEICO, The Clark Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital, First Potomac Realty Trust, Urban Country, Blue Mash Golf Course, Vocus, Arnold & Porter, 97.1 WASH-FM and Fresh FM 94.
Since its inception 17 years ago, the Race for Hope - DC has raised more than $22 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 this often, underserved brain tumor community. The need to increase research funding is more urgent than ever – there are almost 700,000 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.
About Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC²)
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cureis focused on speeding the discovery of a cure for brain cancer. By applying an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector, ABC2 closes current gaps in funding in order to catalyze research and rapidly bring new therapies to patients.
ABC2 brings together scientists from leading research institutions and companies to drive collaboration and invest in projects, which demonstrate leadership, leverage, and impact. For more information, visit www.abc2.org.
About National Brain Tumor Society
National Brain Tumor Society is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States. We are fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and those who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies, which meet the critical needs of this community. To learn more visit http://www.braintumor.org
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