Largest American Brain Tumor Association Team Running in Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, October 9

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Larger-than-Life Brain Exhibited at Chicago Marathon Expo Illustrates the Impact of Brain Cancer

October 5, 2016 - Chicago, Illinois

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Ninety-one runners from 28 states and abroad will be hitting the road for the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, 2016. This is the ABTA’s largest brain tumor charity running team to participate at the Chicago Marathon since the beginning of its partnership with the Chicago Marathon.

The ABTA, an official charity partner of the Chicago Marathon, will offer more than 40,000 participants an interactive “journey through the brain” experience in a larger-than-life inflatable brain exhibit at the Chicago Marathon Expo. On Friday, October 7, guided tours will provide a first-hand look inside the brain to learn more about its anatomy, brain tumors, and the inner workings of the most complex, vital organ in the body.

ABTA runners have already raised nearly $120,000 in conjunction with this year’s event. Brain tumor survivor and one of Team Breakthrough’s top fundraisers, Heidi Tyrrell of Newburyport, Mass. is running to raise awareness of the brain tumor cause.  

“When I was diagnosed with a brain tumor more than three years ago, I had to put my life on hold to get treatment. I can’t express how grateful I am that the surgery went so well that I was able to run in a major marathon afterward,” said Tyrrell. “This is my third year running with Team Breakthrough at the Chicago Marathon, and I am running to ‘pay it forward’ and help raise funds for brain tumor research and support programs for other patients who have walked in my shoes.”

Adam Wilt, Advancement Director, Events, American Brain Tumor Association praised the efforts of all of this year’s Team Breakthrough runners.

“These incredible runners are motivated by their own experience with a brain tumor or someone they love who was impacted by a brain tumor, and have pushed themselves to achieve great physical feats in running the Chicago Marathon,” said Wilt. “Their contributions, on and off the road, have enabled the ABTA to fund more than $30 million in brain tumor research which has led to a better understanding of the brain tumors; new drug development and treatments; as well as enhanced quality of life for brain tumor patients.”

Team Breakthrough, the ABTA’s endurance training program, allows runners at all levels to support the association’s mission through participation in select distance events or an event of their choosing. For more information, visit or contact the ABTA at 773-577-8750.


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