On Saturday, October 31, Voices Against Brain Cancer held its inaugural run and walk at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Proceeds from the event focused on fun, fitness and family, and went towards supporting brain cancer and brain tumor research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
The 5K run, 3K scenic walk, live entertainment and family activities were founded in memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who at 24 years old, lost his battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Lichtenstein was living and working in Chicago when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on March 4, 2003. After three months of radiation, Gary slipped into a coma from which he never recovered. After his passing, Gary's family started Voices Against Brain Cancer to raise money and awareness against the disease.
Voices Against Brain Cancer's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness, creating a brain cancer and tumor community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers.
Events are now held in cities across the country, and the funds raised stay in the areas and locations in which they are raised, to support the local community. In fact, 85% of all profits go to the search for a cure and supporting families dealing with the devastating disease.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. HCI is located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is a part of the University of Utah Health Care system. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers, among others. HCI also provides academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers. For more information about Huntsman Cancer Institute, please visit www.huntsmancancer.org.