Thousands Run to Support Brain Tumor Research

Northwestern Medicine
Clinical Trials and Research May 20, 2014
Northwestern Medicine race participantsMore than 6,000 runners kicked off the running season while supporting brain tumor research and awareness at the Chicago Spring Half Marathon on Sunday, May 18. The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute was the official charity and sponsor of the sold-out race that raised more than $91,500 for the NBTI.  

Runners participated in either a half-marathon or a 10K along Chicago’s lakefront. Many of those who crossed the finish line had been personally touched by brain tumors -- some were former patients while others ran to remember those who had passed away. NBTI physicians, nurses and staff were also among the runners who enjoyed sunny skies and breezy lake winds during one of the best weather mornings Chicago has seen this spring. After the race, NBTI supporters all gathered to congratulate each other under a Northwestern Medicine tent. 

“A lot of people think life is over if you've been diagnosed with a brain tumor but we combine compassionate care and world-class physicians to offer patients the most advanced available treatments,” said James Chandler, MD, co-director of the NBTI and surgical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial. Chandler – who ran the 10K on Sunday -- has  performed more than 3,500 surgeries in his career. 

Sunday’s race took place during Brain Tumor Awareness month and aimed not only to raise funds for NBTI but to also educate the public about brain tumors and honor patients and their caregivers, said Jeffrey Raizer, MD, co-director of the NBTI and the medical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.   

“This race is a wonderful way to commemorate Brain Tumor Awareness Month and to honor those patients who are battling brain tumors,” said Raizer, who also ran the 10K on Sunday. “Both patients and their families deserve far more than race, but this is a good start.”   

NBTI is a comprehensive program which 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. The institute is a collaboration between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 
Read more on the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.