Starry Night, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s new walk/run that shines a light on childhood brain tumors, made its debut in Chicago on Oct. 4 with the support of more than 500 participants. At start time, the event had raised $46,000.
The crowd came to the 8.5K at Arlington International Racecourse to honor local children with brain tumors. These Stars were Alexander, Casey, Connor, Emma, Jakub, Kaylee, Keith, Kevin, Matthew, Mia, Rosie and Tayler.
“The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation helped me get to where I am today,” said Tayler Re, one of the Stars honored at the event. “They not only helped my family and me during our time of need, but years later helped me with a college scholarship.”
Participants lit hundreds of lanterns at the end of the event to honor children affected by a brain tumor diagnosis.
A portion of Starry Night Chicago’s proceeds will be donated to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital for a family services program for children with brain tumors. Dr. Rishi Lulla, a pediatric oncologist at the hospital, spoke at the event and announced the recipient of the Starry Night Hero Award.
The honoree for Starry Night Chicago was Live Like John, a local nonprofit organization that funds childhood brain tumor research and family support.
Making life better for children with brain tumors is the reason participants from across the country support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Starry Night funds medical research and family support programs to help eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors.
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Starry Night Chicago is still collecting donations online at www.mystarrynight.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Nov. 4.
About Starry Night
Starry Night is an evening 8.5K walk/run that raises awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. The event also funds free educational resources and college scholarships for brain tumor survivors. More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day. Starry Night events, which close with a lantern-lighting ceremony, will take place in seven cities in 2014. To help us shine a light on kids with brain tumors, call 800-253-6530 or go to www.mystarrynight.org.