The National Brain Tumor Society is hosting a 5K walk on Saturday, June 21 in New York to bring together the local community of brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for a day that will raise awareness and funds for the critical brain tumor research.
The National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, will host a 5K walk on Saturday, June 21 at Icahn Stadium at Randall’s Island Park. The event will bring together the New York community of brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day that will raise awareness and funds for critical brain tumor research.
Thousands of families in New York have been affected by brain tumors, and nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a primary brain tumor. In Manhattan, a Ph.D. candidate from Columbia University, Zach Greene, was diagnosed in 2010 with a type of brain tumor called oligodendroglioma. The diagnosis of his brain tumor was even more crippling to him and his family as his younger brother, Spencer, had been diagnosed with the same type of tumor just two years earlier.
For Zach and his brother, and the thousands of brain tumor cases around the nation, there are no brain tumor cures. Presently, there are only four FDA-approved treatments and therapies. Experts estimate 69,000 additional cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, with more than 4,000 being children.
On June 21, Columbia University professors and fellow students are rallying around Zach by joining his team, Let’s Stay Physical, to raise money at the National Brain Tumor Society’s annual walk on Randall’s Island.
“We are honored to host the brain tumor community in the metropolitan New York area. Every dollar pledged allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and make more treatments for this disease available,” said N. Paul Tonthat, chief executive officer of the National Brain Tumor Society.
National Brain Tumor Society hopes to raise more than $550,000 during this year’s New York Brain Tumor Walk. To register, volunteer, or become a sponsor of the New York Brain Tumor Walk, visit www.BrainTumorWalk.org/NewYork. On the day of the walk, registration will open at 7am, and the walk will begin at 8am.