Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk to be held in Tampa Bay on March 25, 2017

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March 15, 2017

Chicago, IL, – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) 5K run and walk will be in Tampa Bay on March 25th. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in this family-friendly event beginning at 8:15 a.m. at Al Lopez Park; 4810 N. Himes Ave. Tampa. Registration for this event closes on March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Click here to sign up: hope.abta.org/tampabay2017.


All proceeds will go to support brain tumor research and support programs for patients, caregivers and families affected by brain tumors. Fox 13’s Haley Hinds will be the emcee at the 2017 BT5K Tampa Bay for the second year in a row.


"We support the ABTA 5K race for a number of reasons but the 3 most important to us are that: it provides hope to those recently diagnosed; information for those seeking answers; and finally the simple reassurance that you aren't in this fight alone." said Marvin McGuire, a member of the 5K Tampa Bay committee.


There are nearly 700,000 people living with a primary brain or central nervous system tumors and by the end of 2017, nearly 79,000 new diagnoses are expected in the United States. The BT5K Run/Walk events are the ABTA’s signature fundraising events that brings communities together to raise vital funds for promising brain tumor research and essential education and support services for patients, caregivers and their families. Currently, there are 6,066 participants in nine cities coast to coast.


The ABTA will also offer an interactive “journey through the brain” experience with a larger-than-life inflatable brain exhibit. The brain exhibit is 16 feet high, 10 feet long, and open, free-of-charge. Tours will offer a first-hand look inside the brain where anyone can learn more about the brain anatomy, brain tumors, and understand the inner workings of the most complex organ in the body.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first and is now the only national patient advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing education and information for people of all tumor types and all ages. 

For more information, visit www.abta.org or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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