New Run/Walk to Benefit Brain Cancer Research Coming to Chicago

Northwestern Medicine
Clinical Trials and Research June 17, 2014
The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute is joining forces with a national brain cancer organization to bring a new 5K walk/run to Chicago in the fall of 2014.

The event will raise money for brain cancer research, honor those who have lost their battle and educate the public about symptoms. Jeffrey Raizer, MD, a Northwestern Medicine neuro-oncologist and co-director of the Northwestern Brain Institute, is working with the Head for the Cure foundation to bring the event to Chicago’s Lakefront on Oct. 26.  

“Each year about 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor and only about 30 percent of patients survive five years following diagnosis,” Raizer said. “That’s why brain cancer awareness and funding new research are so important. We want to change those survival rates. We want to give patients a better quality of life, and one day, find a cure.”

Brain cancer does not discriminate. It affects all ages, genders and races. Some well-known victims of primary or secondary brain tumors include U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy, famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., composer George Gershwin and singer Bob Marley. There are many different types of brain tumors and treatment typically includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, Raizer said. 

The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute is collaboration between Northwestern Memorial Hospitalthe Robert. H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The NBTI merges clinical research with medical and surgical treatment for brain and spinal tumor patients. The Institute offers state-of-the-art clinical care while also providing the resources and support necessary for patients and their families to meet the challenges of living with a brain tumor. 

“When someone is diagnosed with a brain tumor, they start on what can seem like an overwhelming journey,” said James Chandler, MD, co-director of the NBTI and surgical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial. “At the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, we have a multidisciplinary team of top experts to develop the best possible treatment. We work closely with every patient on their journey. It’s not one they take alone.”

The Head for the Cure Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding in the fight against brain cancer.  In just ten years, Head for the Cure 5K - Metro KC surpassed 5,000 registered participants and raised more than $400,000 The foundation launched 5K events in eight other cities including Austin, TX, Columbia, MO, Lawrence, KS, Plano, TX, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO, Houston, TX, and Tulsa, OK  and continues to expand, with plans to add even more events in 2014, including the Chicago race. 

The Chicago 5K run/walk will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Diversey Harbor. Learn more about how to register, participate or volunteer.
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