Over $29 Million Raised for Brain Tumor Research since 1998; American Idol® David Cook Returns as Honorary Chair
The Cushman & Wakefield 20th Annual Race for Hope DC held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, to benefit National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) raised over $1.7 million. Nearly 10,000 runners, walkers, survivors and volunteers participated in this year’s event, which is the country’s largest fundraiser for the brain tumor community.
Max Wallace, CEO, ABC2; David Arons, CEO National Brain Tumor Society; Roberta Liss, Regional Managing Principal, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions, Cushman & Wakefield; Jonathan Weinberg, Co-Chair Race for Hope and Board Member of ABC2; Jeff Kolodin, Co-Chair of Race for Hope DC and Chairman Emeritus, NBTS; and Nike Beddow, Co-Founder, Race for Hope DC, presented a check to NBTS and ABC 2 for the 2017 Race proceeds at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, at an awards ceremony immediately following the race.
“The Race for Hope DC is an extremely important cause for Cushman & Wakefield in the Washington metropolitan area,” Ms. Liss said. “Our involvement started 17 years ago when one of our legacy firms’ co-founders, Pat Cassidy, fell ill with a brain tumor. While we lost Pat in 2001, our support of this cause has been unwavering ever since. On the 20th Anniversary, we are honored to serve as the presenting sponsor of the largest fundraiser for brain tumor research in the country.”
“The Race for Hope provides invaluable funding for the National Brain Tumor Society and ABC2 as they fund new research and support for brain cancer patients,” Ms. Liss continued. “Together, we are making real progress towards a cure and improving the quality of life for brain tumor patients. Cushman & Wakefield wants to thank all of our friends and clients for their continuous support of our efforts.”
David Cook, American Idol® winner, participated in the race for the eighth year and is Honorary Chair of the Race for Hope. He ran in the Race in 2009, just one day after his brother, Adam, died of a brain tumor.
“I’m proud to be part of Race for Hope,” said Mr. Cook. “To be around so many people who are dedicated to helping find an end to brain cancer is something that I’m honored to be a part of. We honor the memories of those who have lost their battle with brain tumors and celebrate the survivors and family members who continue to fight the disease.”
Highlights of the 20th anniversary Race for Hope DC included a Survivor Tribute, featuring over 350 brain tumor survivors who marched together towards the start line as a symbol of hope and strength in their battle against brain tumors and the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Triumph of the Spirit Award honoring the Roth Family and Urban Country Design for creating the Wall of Hope – a 24-foot long tribute to brain tumor survivors and those who lost their battles. The Race for Hope is the culmination of a weekend of activities that also featured a David Cook benefit concert and many team-sponsored fundraising parties.
Since its inception 20 years ago, the Race for Hope DC has raised more than $29 Million for brain tumor research and support for those affected by the disease. Each year, the Race for Hope DC helps to bring hope and attention to this often underserved brain tumor community. The need to increase research funding is more urgent than ever – there are almost 700,000 people living with a primary brain tumor diagnosis in the U.S. and within the next 12 months, more than 210,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor.
The over $1.7 million raised will help ABC2 fund novel translational research and investments in early stage biotechnology companies to hasten the discovery of a cure for brain cancer, and help the National Brain Tumor Society drive strategic research for the discovery of new brain tumor treatments and a cure, as well as improve public policy to strengthen research, ensure access to essential health care services and foster expedited approvals for new potential treatments.
About ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure)
ABC² is focused on speeding the discovery of a cure for brain cancer. By applying an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector, ABC² closes current gaps in funding in order to catalyze research and rapidly bring new therapies to patients. ABC² has awarded more than 100 grants totaling $20 million in brain tumor research funding to highly qualified investigators and physician-scientists from 54 institutions and companies. To learn more, visit www.abc2.org.
About National Brain Tumor Society
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to the brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to finding better treatments and driving rapid progress toward a cure for brain tumors. We drive a multi-faceted and thoughtful approach to aggressively influence and fund strategic research, as well as advocate for public policy changes, in order to achieve the greatest impact, results, and progress for brain tumor patients. Money raised by the generous donations of our supporters has directly funded groundbreaking discoveries, programs, clinical trials and policy initiatives. To learn more visit www.braintumor.org.