Chicago-Based American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk To Be Held at Soldier Field on April 23, 2017

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April 6, 2017

Chicago, IL, April 3, 2017 – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) 5K run and walk will be in Chicago on April 23rd. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in this family-friendly event beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field Stadium Green; 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. Registration for this event closes on April 19 at 11:59 p.m. To sign up visit:

Participants fundraising allows the ABTA to provide vital brain tumor resources to patients and their families, fund promising research studies, and conduct nationwide brain tumor educational programs. Melissa McGurren, from the Eric & Kathy Morning Show, will be the emcee at the BT5K Chicago for the second year in a row.

There will be 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 7,395 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.



Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first 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 or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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Martha Carlos