Over 5,500 Participated This Past Saturday for the 3rd Annual Brain Tumor Path to Progress

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the preliminary figures estimate that $750,000 dollars will be raised for brain tumor research!

More than 5,500 people, including 200+ teams, came together this past windy, but sunny, Saturday at Montrose Harbor to run or walk, to share their stories, to heighten awareness of brain tumors, and the preliminary figures estimate that $750,000 dollars will be raised for brain tumor research. All proceeds will be awarded to brain tumor researchers to develop more effective treatments; to investigate brain tumor cause; and ultimately, to find the cure for all brain tumors.

By any and all standards, this 3rd Annual Path to Progress 5K Run/Walk at Montrose Harbor was a huge success. "We exceeded all of our goals," said Naomi Berkowitz, Executive Director of the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).

The presenting sponsor of this patient/survivor, family-friendly event was New Balance Chicago. Once again WGN- TV Anchor, Valerie Warner, was the lead walker and MC who cheered everyone on. Music was supplied by WTMX, the Mix and everyone was entertained by Ronald McDonald, Jesse White Tumblers and the Bally Performance Team. Jesse White, Secretary of State, was a wonderful surprise guest who thanked everyone for their support.

Plans are already underway for next year's 5K Run/Walk with the hope of growing the number of participants and raising even more funds for brain tumor research. "Researchers need money to solve the brain tumor problem. We want them in their laboratories, not spending time fundraising; that's our job," said Mike Sharkey, ABTA president. He also reminds everyone that the Association has a team, "Runners Sharing Hope", in The Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The American Brain Tumor Association is commemorating their 35th anniversary this year, based in Chicago and founded here in 1973, ABTA is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals globally and awarding funds to researchers throughout the United States and Canada. Proceeds from the Brain Tumor Path to Progress will exclusively support their research programs.

The American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families. For more information visit http://www.abta.org or call 847-827-9910.

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