This Sunday September 27th 2015, head on out to the 7th annual Run of Hope Seattle – a collaborative volunteer effort between the employees of the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and members of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild. It is a special day of events that brings families and communities together to raise funds and awareness in support of pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
In six years, the Run of Hope Seattle has raised over 1.7 million dollars for pediatric brain tumor and cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This years goal is to raise $350,000 and surpass the $2 million mark!
Each year 3,500 children are diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor in the United States, 75% of these children are younger than fifteen. Brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer. Some tumors, such as atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors and some brain stem gliomas, have survival rates of less than 20 percent. Pediatric brain tumors are not like those in adults, children’s brain tumors require specific research and different treatments. There are 130 different types of brain tumors, making diagnosis and treatment very difficult. Even though survival rates for some childhood brain tumors have increased over the past 30 years, survivors often suffer from lifelong side effects of treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Research that focuses specifically on pediatric brain tumors is crucial to saving children’s lives and improving survivors’ quality of life. (Information and statistics curtesy of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation).
Register TODAY at www.runofhopeseattle.org , you will also find information on making donations and participating in other fundraising events. Mobilize you weekend for a cause, and help support pediatric brain tumor and cancer research.