CHICAGO, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Voices Against Brain Cancer will host its second annual "Join the Voices! Chicago Run/Walk" on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Diversey Harbor, Lincoln Park. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with a 9:00 AM start time. The charitable event will feature a 5K run, a scenic walk, kids races and a fun family festival. Illinois residents, Tammy Maganini and Melissa Marotti, are this year's event committee Co-Chairs. Funds raised will go towards the advancement of brain cancer research, as a testament of hope for the people in the world who are diagnosed with brain tumors. All donations made will be earmarked for select institutions and programs in the Chicago area. Local patients, caregivers and doctors will be honored for their valiant fights against brain cancer.
This year's honorees have been chosen for their continued efforts to help raise brain cancer and brain tumor awareness. The recipients of the Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Awards are Dr. David M. Frim from the University of Chicago and Dr. Richard W. Byrne from Rush University Medical Center. Wolverine Execution Services (WEX) will be honored with the 2014 Vision of Hope Award.
Additional award recipients include:
- Courage Awards: Michelle "Shelle" Albrecht, Tim Boll, Cassidy Cornwell, Cherise Fleming, Jenna Jongsma, Olivia Kresach, Haley Lichter, Sandy Todd
- Compassionate Care Awards: Robyn Flanders, MS, APN; Kelly Kramer, NP; Margaret Schwartz, NP
Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, a former Chicago resident and employee of Wolverine, who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Since then, the organization has garnered support from other brain cancer patients, brain cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, prestigious doctors and celebrities.
"Chicago is very special to us, as an organization and as a family, as it was Gary's home until just before he passed. To be able to hold a yearly event in this great city is a major accomplishment for the Foundation and the local brain cancer community," said Mario Lichtenstein, Co-Founder of Voices Against Brain Cancer and Gary's father. "We are proud to assist in the fight against brain cancer and will continue to do so until a cure is found."
Participants of the "Join the Voices! Chicago Run/Walk" are encouraged to raise funds for Voices Against Brain Cancer. To make a donation or participate in the "Join the Voices! Run/Walk," please visit: www.jointhevoiceschicago.org
Individuals interested in supporting Voices Against Brain Cancer through other athletic events can join Voices in Motion. This extension of the organization was created to encourage individuals to start or join a team for an upcoming event while raising money to support brain cancer research.
For more information please visit: www.voicesinmotion.org
About Voices Against Brain Cancer
Voices Against Brain Cancer's mission is to help find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers affected by this devastating disease.
Voices Against Brain Cancer has a wide variety of initiatives in place 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. Currently, these grants are being funded at numerous esteemed institutions including: The University of Chicago, Rush University, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Yale and more. VABC has held events across the country, including venues in New York, Florida, and Washington, DC.
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