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Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K to Benefit Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute

Northwestern Memorial Hospital April 02, 2012

Runners raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research

Registration is open for the 2012 Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K which will raise funds for the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI), the official charity of the event. The race will take place Saturday, May 12, at The Park at Lakeshore East (Field Drive and Randolph Street). Funds raised will benefit programs and brain tumor research at NBTI.

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. It is a collaboration between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Robert. H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The race, which is being held during Brain Tumor Awareness month, aims not only to raise funds for NBTI but to also educate the public about brain tumors and cancer. “We want to help shine a light on the impact of brain cancer and support potentially life-saving research and clinical trials that can lead to better treatment and ultimately a cure” said Robin Loewenberg Berger, Chief Marketing Officer of Magellan Development, the title sponsor of the event. “NBTI not only performs important research, but also provides supportive programs for patients and their families.”

Several thousand participants are expected to take part in race day events. “Community support is a key part of raising brain cancer awareness, so we are very thankful for Magellan’s continued support and commitment to NBTI and our research,” said Jeffrey Raizer, MD, medical director of neuro-oncology and co-director of the Institute. “This race is a great opportunity to educate a large audience on the work we do and why it’s so important that we continue to further research.”

Raizer, who is leading “Team Raizer,” and James Chandler, MD, surgical director of neuro-oncology and co-director of the Institute, will be among those running on May 12. In years past, NBTI physicians, nurses and staff have actively participated in the race and fundraising.

“This race is an opportunity for the NBTI team to honor the bravery and strength of our patients,” said Chandler. “We’re grateful to have a partner like Magellan who helps raise the funds necessary not only for research, but that also help us provide supportive programs to our patients and their families.”

Runners who wish to dedicate their race experience to the fight against brain cancer can start their own fundraising or join an existing team. Participation in the race is not required to join or create a fundraising team. Those interested in running must register for the race online. Runners who sign up to fundraise for NBTI will receive full fundraising support, access to Life Time Fitness training programs, and a tour of NBTI. There is no minimum fundraising amount to join Team NBTI, however various fundraising incentives will be provided at progressive levels. The top five fundraisers will receive special prizes provided by Magellan Development.

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