The fifth annual Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk, held Saturday, Oct. 20, in Homewood, Alabama, nearly doubled participation from previous years. The event, sponsored by Blazer Bolt Inc., raises funds for brain cancer research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama. This year’s run featured 32 teams and 908 registrants, up from 577 last year.
“Our inaugural Survivor Walk was truly a deeply moving and heartfelt experience as brain cancer survivors, family and loved ones were honored and cheered as they crossed the finish line,” said Rhodemarie Maron, D.O., associate professor in the Department of Neurology and event organizer. “Each individual and team brought genuine empathy and hope to those battling brain cancer. We are so grateful to our patients, their loved ones, and those supporting them at home and in the clinic for making this event possible.”
Prior to the start of the event, individual team statements were shared and sponsors were recognized. An invocation was given by Eric Thomas. The Hoover Army Recruiting Center served as honor guard for the presentation of the colors, while Carmen Atkinson sang the national anthem.
Funds raised this year will directly benefit the brain tumor tissue bank biorepository, which stores and prepares specimens for research from brain cancer patients. These funds will advance the much-needed understanding of brain tumor biology and the development of future treatments for brain cancer. Go to www.blazerbolt.com for more information.