21st Annual Race for Hope DC: Advancing Research, Empowering Community

July 13, 2018

On Sunday May 6th, the 21st annual Race for Hope – DC, presented by Cushman & Wakefield, brought together nearly 10,000 brain cancer advocates raising more than $1.8 million to benefit Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Since its inception 21 years ago, the Race for Hope - DC has raised over $30 million for brain tumor research and support for those affected by the disease.

“In its 21-year history, the Race for Hope has made a powerful and lasting contribution to the brain tumor community,” said Max Wallace, CEO of ABC2. “We’re proud to partner with the National Brain Tumor Society on this signature event.  The funds raised here help ABC2 advance effective new treatments for brain cancer that would not move forward without our investment.”  

ABC2 CEO Max Wallace Thanks 2018 Race for Hope Supporters

“Race for Hope is an extremely powerful event to really kick-start Brain Tumor Awareness Month every May and generate positive momentum for the remainder of the month and, indeed, year,” said David Arons, CEO of NBTS. “We’re flexing our ‘muscles’ – our legs, our vocal chords and our hearts – in support of our shared cause, while raising proceeds that will help NBTS continue to drive strategic research, resource new clinical trials, and improve public policies in order to generate more treatment options that will improve the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.”

“We are honored to support the extraordinary team at ABC2 and the National Brain Tumor Society,” said Peter Carroccio, Managing Principal of Cushman & Wakefield’s Washington, DC Metro Region. “Our team has sponsored the Race for Hope for the past 19 years and we continue to dedicate our resources to find a cure and help those with brain cancer conquer the disease.”

Peter Carroccio, Cushman & Wakefield

Highlights of the 21st annual Race for Hope - DC included a Survivor Tribute featuring more than 300 brain tumor survivors who marched together towards the start line as a symbol of hope and strength in their battle against brain tumors. 

Survivor's Tribute

The Wall of Hope provided an opportunity for family and friends to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones, as well as provide support to each other.

2018 Wall of Hope

This year’s Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award honored David Cook and his “Team for a Cure” for 10 years of unwavering commitment to the cause and raising more than $1.1 million for brain tumor research.  “This has been such an incredible experience year after year, said Cook. “I’ve kept coming back partly as a cathartic experience for me and my family to honor my brother, but every year I come here I get so inspired by the survivors and their families and friends.   I cannot wait for the day when we all come here and celebrate the fact that there is a cure.  Until then we keep fighting.”

2018 Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of the Spirit Award

Top sponsors included: Cushman & Wakefield, Holliday, Fenoglio and Fowler and the Conley Family; Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP; R&R Mechanical; The Case Foundation; Newmark Knight Frank; Normandy Real Estate Partners; M&T Bank; Urban Country;  Raymond James – R&R Global Asset Management; the Johns Hopkins Medicine – Kimmel Cancer Center; Genentech; Tower Companies and Fresh FM 94.

The Race is one of Washington, DC’s most successful charity 5k events, raising over $30 million in 21 years, and it is one of the country’s largest fundraisers for the brain tumor community.  The race could not exist without the passion and talent of the hundreds of volunteers who help organize it each year.  

On behalf of the team at ABC2 we are so grateful to the volunteers, teams, donors, sponsors and participants that come together each year to empower our community and advance brain tumor research through the Race for Hope.