Voices Against Brain Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to finding a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors, is set to host its inaugural Join the Voices! Tampa Run/Walk on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. The fun-filled, fitness-inspired fundraiser, which is open to all, will take place at CotanchobeeFort Brooke Park at 601 Old Water Street in Tampa, Florida and benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center.
During the event, 16-year-old Nathan Dodds will be honored with the VABC Courage Award. The Plant City resident, who has been fighting brain cancer for 3 years and has had numerous surgeries, has been raising funds and awareness and has even created his own hot sauce with proceeds being donated to reseaech.
Voices Against Brain Cancer hosts these Run/Walks across the nation in hopes to support the brain cancer community, create greater national awareness, and ultimately find a cure. During the Tampa event, the non-profit will be honoring many local patients, caregivers, doctors and healthcare providers for their roles in the fight against this devastating disease.
The day will feature a 5K Run, 3K Scenic Walk, Kids Races as well as family activities and live music and entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the advancement of research and all donations will be earmarked for Florida-based institutions that are committed to finding a cure for cancer. The goal for this year’s event in Tampa is to raise $100,000 and supporters can participate as individuals or as part of a team.
“We are excited to raise our voices against brain cancer in Tampa, as local support from the region is incredible,” said Mario Lichtenstein, Founder of Voices Against Brain Cancer and Florida resident. “We are honored that each of our run/walks gives a voice to those afflicted by this devastating disease. We’ve lost great minds to brain cancer; I couldn’t save my son, but hopefully we can save others. With the help of each and every supporter, we will find a cure.”
In addition, one of the Foundation’s newest resources will be introduced and made available for Tampa families – theVoices Against Brain Cancer Family Initiative Program. This is a unique support system for patients, caregivers and families affected by brain cancer and brain tumors. The program includes: C3 (connect, create, collaborate) workshops consisting of socialization platforms for people to communicate with others going through similar situations; the Caregiver Meet Up, which brings together caregivers via online and in-person forums; and the After the Storm group, which is for those who have lost a spouse or partner.
Leaders in the brain cancer community, Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who lost his valiant battle with the disease on October 1, 2003. Since then, the organization has garnered support from other patients, survivors, their families, caregivers, prestigious doctors and celebrities, all united in their drive towards finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Check-in and registration begins at 7:30am, with start times beginning at 8:30am.
About Voices Against Brain Cancer
Voices Against Brain Cancer’s (VABC) mission is to find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness, creating a brain cancer and tumor community, and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
Voices Against Brain Cancer was started in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein who at 24 years old lost his battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Gary was living in Chicago and working as an options trader at Wolverine Trading when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on March 4, 2003. After three months of radiation, Gary slipped into a coma from which he did not recover. Soon after his passing, Gary’s family started the Foundation to raise money and awareness for the fight against this devastating disease.
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in motion for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer and brain tumors. Currently, these grants are being funded at numerous esteemed institutions including: Baylor University, Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard, Brain Tumor Biotech Center / Feinstein Institute / North Shore LIJ Health System, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Central Brain Tumor Registry Of The United States, Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia, Cleveland Clinic / Case Western Reserve University, Columbia, Cornell, Dana Farber / Harvard, Duke, The Feinstein Institute / North Shore LIJ Health System, Harvard, Hofstra / North Shore LIJ School Of Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Lenox Hill Hospital / North Shore LIJ Health System, Long Island Brain Tumor Center, NY, Lurie Children’s Hospital / Northwestern, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Rush University, Stony Brook University, University Of California Davis, University Of California Irvine, University Of California Los Angeles, University Of California San Diego, University Of California San Francisco, University Of Chicago, University Of Michigan, University Of Pittsburgh, University Of Texas San Antonio, University Of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest, Washington University, Yale and more.
VABC extends throughout the international community and funds research in countries such as Australia, Canada, Israel, Spain and more. As part of the Foundation’s commitment to “leave no stone unturned” in the search for a cure, VABC supports Cannabis Research and the exploration of the potential risks associated with Mobile Phone Radiation.