The Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers Race For Hope – May 6, 2022
The passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of people touched by brain tumors is the driving force behind the Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers Race for Hope. Ten years ago, a small group of patients and family members started Race for Hope DC, which has since become one of the largest fundraisers for the brain tumor community.
The Race is organized and run by a passionate group of volunteers. This year, proceeds benefit two non-profit organizations, the Brain Tumor Society and for the first time Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. “We are thrilled to be a part of the tenth annual Race for Hope and to support the incredible efforts of the volunteer group who started and nurtured the Race,” said Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure President and CEO, Kate Carr. “Our goal is to apply our commitment and resources to help grow the success of the event, raise funds for brain tumor research and focus our efforts on finding a cure.”
Race for Hope DC was initiated in 1998 by two families whose lives had been impacted by brain tumors. Dana Daczkowski and her sister, Nike Beddow, joined with Lionel and Sandy Chaiken. In their daughter Pam’s memory, the Chaikens had been raising funds for research and after five years of battling her own brain cancer, Dana became interested in raising public awareness. “Dana was an avid runner and suggested a 5K run/walk as an upbeat, healthy way to reach out to other survivors and family members,” said sister, Nike.
Together, these two families started the Race for Hope DC and Duron Paints and Wallcoverings served as the first corporate sponsor. Even though Dana's tumor reoccurred, she was able to attend the inaugural race and witness its success. Dana’s commitment lives on through family and friends who participate in the Race and her incredible efforts are seen each year as the Race continues to grow. “Our true progress will not be measured by how fast we cross the race finish-line, but by how quickly we are able to find a cure,” comments Lionel.
Race for Hope DC received a big boost in 1999 when Barry Glassman, an experienced charity organizer signed on to the Race Committee. The Race took another leap in 2000 when Cassidy & Pinkard, a commercial real estate firm based in Washington, became title sponsor after co-founder Pat Cassidy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. "The growth of these events is illustrated in phone calls I get every week – ‘my son, daughter, parent, spouse or friend has a brain tumor and I want to be a part of something special to make a difference,’” says Glassman.
The year 2004 marked a significant increase in the profile of the Race when the Brain Tumor Research Trust, comprised of Jeffrey Kolodin and the families and friends of the late Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg and Jeffrey Roth, joined the Race for Hope Committee. This grassroots event continues to grow each year and has united many friends and families from inside and outside of the beltway. “It shows in a very visual way that brain tumor patients are supported by a network of people who care," said 2007 Race co-chairman, Jonathan Weinberg.
In addition to the Sunday Race for Hope Walk/Run, the third annual Golf for Hope at Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, MD will take place on Friday, May 4th. This event was also founded by two families who wanted to make a difference and advance a cure. The Ronan (including cousin, Tom Healy) and Peabody families joined together to developed this event which also benefits the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure’s efforts to fund research and support services for those affected by brain tumors. To register a foursome and/or sign up for a sponsorship opportunity, visit www.curebraintumors.org.
In its tenth anniversary year, the Race for Hope DC is focused on raising awareness for a disease that is often overlooked and bringing new hope for patients with brain tumors. The majority of funds have traditionally come from the “team fundraising” effort, headed by Race volunteer, Lauren Bogart. Please visit www.curebraintumors.org to start, join or support a team. "There has always been tremendous energy and passion about the event," said Lionel Chaiken. “With the enthusiasm Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure brings, this is bound to be our best year yet.”
2007 Profiles of Hope
Sandy & Lionel Chaiken