Community members from throughout the Los Angeles area plan to “go grey” in support of brain tumor awareness Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Fifth Annual Heroes of Hope Race in Playa del Rey.
The 5K/10K race, which supports pediatric and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, will take place at Dockweiler State Beach.
Many brain tumor survivors will be in attendance, as well as neurosurgery staff from UCLA, Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Over $250,000 has been donated to research from the past races.
“Every year, we hope it is the last year we have to raise awareness and funds for this debilitating and often fatal disease,” said race organizer, Lisa Millar, who lost her brother, Brad Kaminsky, to brain cancer over 11 years ago. “The event offers an amazing day of hope and remembrance; we hope all those impacted by brain tumors will do their part in raising awareness.”
Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor death in children and the leading cause of cancer death in men under the age of 39, event organizers note.
Registration on race day is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. The 5K race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:30 a.m. A kids’ fun run will be held at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to those impacted by brain tumors, attendees will include medical professionals, athletes and expo vendors.
Activities for children will include air brush tattoos, face painting and a visit by the UCLA mascot Joe Bruin. All children who complete the fun run will receive a special award.
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