503 Participants, 3 Sports Celebrities, 12 Corporate Sponsors and over 70 Local Merchants created a magical day for raising awareness and funds for children's brain tumor research. Basketball clinics with NY Knicks John Wallace and NY Knicks Street Team, Family Zumba, Silent Auction, Moonbounce, Face Painting, and the Drummer Circle were flooded with participants, but the capstone moment was when NY Giant, Defensive Captain Justin Tuck arrived with his family to welcome everyone to the event and reiterate the importance of raising funds for children's brain tumor research. Media coverage was handled by Channel 12, Westchester and numerous local magazines and newspapers through out the county. Check out the fun at the 2013 event!
While clinical trials for pediatric brain tumors have been virtually non-existent until most recently, the newest additions focus on the impact of targeted vaccines to help combat this pernicious disease. Science and technology are moving so quickly that for the first time ever, the medical community is turning their attention to possibility of a vaccine as potential therapy for children battling the most common forms of brain tumors.
Patti Kirk, a Chicago Marathon runner, has a special inspiration this year. Her 8 year old cousin, Luke, was diagnosed with a PLGA brain tumor and Patti is running in his honor and raising funds to support children's brain tumor research. Patti admits, 'I'm never speedy, but thanks to the kindness and generosity of family and friends, I've been able to raise some money for this very important cause'. Patti's efforts are a testament to the notion that together we CAN make a difference..."I wish I could do more to help Luke and other kids in his situation, but I know the money raised will be added to other contributions and together will have an impact on this disease."