Official Chicago Marathon Charity Partner American Brain Tumor Association Racing for Brain Tumor Breakthroughs this Sunday

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October 8, 2015

Eighty runners will be taking part in Team Breakthrough, the American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) running and endurance program, at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this Sunday, Oct 11. ABTA runners have already raised more than $125,000 in conjunction with this year’s event.

Top fundraiser, Clay Brockman of Pittsburgh, Pa. says “I am throwing on my track shoes and running the Chicago Marathon in honor of my sister and her amazing brain tumor journey. As part of Team Breakthrough, I’m committed to raising funds for the American Brain Tumor Association –a tremendous organization that not only supports brain tumor patients and their families, but also funds research to improve, extend and, ultimately, save lives.”

Elizabeth M. Wilson, MNA, president and CEO, American Brain Tumor Association praised the efforts of all of this year’s Team Breakthrough runners.

“These incredible athletes not only push themselves to achieve great physical feats by running a marathon, but they push themselves to achieve great fundraising feats in support of the ABTA,” said Wilson. “Due to efforts like theirs, the ABTA has funded more than $27 million in brain tumor research of which is leading the way to advance our understanding of brain tumors and increasing physicians’ abilities to match patients with therapies they are more likely to respond to.”

Team Breakthrough allows runners at all levels to support the ABTA's mission through participation in select distance events or an event of their choosing. For more information, visit or contact the ABTA at (800) 886-ABTA (2282).


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information and education on all tumor types for all ages. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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