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National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to the brain tumor community, will host the annual Long Island Brain Tumor Walk at Jones Beach on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Thousands of local volunteers and participants -- including patients, survivors, caregivers,families and friends, research scientists, medical providers, and local businesses will unite to walk for a critical cause: to conquer and cure brain tumors, once and for all.
This family-friendly event supports, honors, and remembers all Long Island residents that have been affected by the more than 140 types of brain tumors -- all of which can be devastating and debilitating, and many of which can be deadly. Proceeds raised from this event will help the National Brain Tumor Society deliver on its ambitious agenda to advocate for patients and caregivers, discover a cure, and improve affordable access to treatments for the brain tumor community.
Event organizers expect more than 2,000 to attend the 5k with a goal of raising more than $200,000 for the cause. Registration opens at 8 am at Field 5 and the walk begins at 9:30 am, immediately following the opening ceremony at 9 am. Participants, teams and volunteers can register online at www.braintumorwalk.org/longisland.
Nearly 87,000 Americans will receive a brain tumor diagnosis in 2019, and with only a 35 percent five-year survival rate for primary malignant brain tumors, an estimated 17,000 people will die because of brain cancer this year. Brain tumors are now the leading cause of cancer-related death in children 19-years old and younger, accounting for three out of every 10 cancer deaths. More so than any other cancer, a brain tumor can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. There are no known prevention or early detection methods, few available treatments, and there is no cure.
To learn more about the Long Island Brain Tumor Walk, please visit: www.braintumorwalk.org/longisland