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4th Annual Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk Raising Essential Funds for Brain Tumor Research


Posted on: 10/29/2009

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Contact: Kris Knight

800.770.8287 Ext. 1430

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National Brain Tumor Society’s

4th Annual Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk

Raising Essential Funds for Brain Tumor Research

November 7, 2009 – Ft. Worth, TX – Personal stories this year of Senator Kennedy and American

Idol winner David Cook’s brother have been heard around the nation. It’s time to give a voice to the

people in you community who have lost a loved one and need help today. Dallas-Ft. Worth unites to

fight brain tumors on Saturday, November 7, 2009. Hundreds of participants will gather for a 5K

walk starting and finishing at Trinity Park, in Ft. Worth, to raise awareness and essential funds at the

National Brain Tumor Society’s Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk (www.DFWwalk.org).

In 1995, a motivated brain tumor survivor named Chris Kuchera Hemker organized a small

fundraising event on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. The event was simply called The Angel

Island Adventure. Although Chris succumbed to complications from her tumor in 1996, her vision

and passion to help find a cure for brain tumors live on. Now called Brain Tumor Walk, the event

has grown into a far-reaching national program taking place in seven cities around the country.

This year marks the 4th anniversary of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk. Last year,

participants helped to raise more than $200,000 to fund innovative brain tumor research and

support services for brain tumor patients and their families. Each year, more than 190,000 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.

“The Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk is a chance for the entire community to come together and

support the fight against brain tumors,” said N. Paul TonThat, Executive Director of National Brain

Tumor Society. “Donations from the Brain Tumor Walk enable us to fund innovative research and

support for those already coping with a brain tumor diagnosis. The Walk also raises awareness that

brain tumors can strike anyone, and there is still no cure.”

Activities will take place at Trinity Park in Ft. Worth. Families, friends, and co-workers will rally

together to participate in this fundraising walk and community day including food, music, prizes,

and more. Proceeds support research and patient services at National Brain Tumor Society.

National Brain Tumor Society is a national nonprofit that brings together the best of research and

patient support to be a single, comprehensive resource for the entire brain tumor community—

patients, families, researchers, and medical professionals. NBTS strives to enhance quality of life for

all brain tumor patients by advancing research and, in 2008, gave more than $4.5 million to brain

tumor research across North America.

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