NEW YORK – New York is joining with cities from around the country to raise a united voice in the fight against brain tumors. National Brain Tumor Society’s inaugural New York Brain Tumor Walk is one of nine walks that take place throughout the year to raise brain tumor awareness and essential funds. The 5K walk in New York will take place on Saturday, June 18 on Governors Island. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and programs and activities run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Families, friends, and co-workers are invited to join as a team or an individual for the inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. The event will include a scenic walk, fun family activities, food, prizes and more. Proceeds support transformative research to accelerate the discovery of new therapies for adult and pediatric brain tumors as well as support services for brain tumor patients and their families.
NBTS Board member Susan Pannullo, MD, Director of Neuro-Oncology in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, is serving as the chair of the Walk. She is leading a dedicated group of committee members in the organizing of this event with a goal of raising $1 million.
"We are thrilled that the brain tumor community will be coming together to support the fight against brain tumors at the New York Walk," said N. Paul TonThat, Executive Director of National Brain Tumor Society. "With the leadership of Dr. Pannullo and the efforts of the enthusiastic committee members, the Walk promises to be a wonderful day." The funds raised from the Walk will enable us to fund innovative research and support for those already coping with a brain tumor diagnosis.
National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. It exists to find a cure and to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. This is done through funding strategic research, delivering support services, and promoting collaboration. In the last three years, NBTS funded more than $10 million in brain tumor research throughout North America.
Each year, more than 210,000 adults and children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer death in children, under age 20, and the second leading cause of cancer death in young adults age 20 to 39.
To take part in the New York Brain Tumor Walk, register at www.BrainTumorWalk.org/NewYork. For more information email NYWalk@braintumor.org or call toll free, 866.455.3214. Learn more about the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org.