WCCO-TV Anchor Kim Johnson to Emcee the American Brain Tumor Association’s BT5K Event

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First Twin Cities 5K run/walk to be held Saturday, October 17, 2015

September 23, 2015

Chicago, Ill., September 23, 2015 – The American Brain Tumor Association announced today that CBS affiliate, WCCO-TV anchor Kim Johnson will emcee its first BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk in the Twin Cities, Minn. on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

“The BT5K run/walk is our signature fundraising event 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,” said Elizabeth M. Wilson, MNA, president and CEO, American Brain Tumor Association. “We are thrilled to bring our growing 5K event to the Twin Cities and to introduce WCCO anchor Kim Johnson as this year’s emcee.

Johnson is co-anchor for WCCO 4 News This Morning and the News at Noon daily. Throughout her career, Kim has earned three Emmy Awards and the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism, Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.  After graduation she worked at stations in Duluth, Minn., Green Bay, Wis. and the Quad Cities.

“It is an honor to be a part of the American Brain Tumor Association’s first 5K in our community,” said Johnson. “This is a family-friendly event that is open to runners and walkers of all abilities, and I hope to see many of our viewers come out to support this worthy cause.”

The BT5K Twin Cities is one of the organization’s eight run/walks taking place coast to coast. More than 1,000 are expected to participate nationwide with a goal of raising more than $150,000 to fund brain tumor research and give more patients, caregivers and families access to critical education, information and support services.

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate. Participants can learn more or register online at http://hope.abta.org/twincities2015.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Lake Como, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, Minn.


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was 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 http://www.abta.org or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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Contact:  Julie Landmesser