If you're headed up to the Phoenix area this weekend and want to do a good deed at the same time, check out the 6th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk. Details are in the press release below, along with some surprising statistics.
Who: National Brain Tumor Society, East Coast Office, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472
What: 6th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk
Where: Kiwanis Park (at Ruben Romero Corporate Area), 5900 S. All American Way, Tempe, AZ 85283
When: Saturday, October 23, 2010; registration 8-9 AM; program & activities 9 AM - Noon.
Fees: $50 for adults; $25 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 & under. Fee includes food, beverages, and full access to event activities. Pre-register to receive an event t-shirt.
Why: Each year over 210,000 people in the United States and 10,000 people in Canada are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor—that's over 575 people every day. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor death in children under age 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Brain tumor patients, including those with certain "benign" tumors, have poorer survival rates than breast cancer patients. Because brain tumors are located in the control center for thought, emotion, and movement, their effects on an individual's physical and cognitive abilities can be devastating. Only 31% of males and 30% of females survive five years following the diagnosis of a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Brain tumors cannot be prevented because their causes are unknown.
For information and to register online, visit www.PhoenixWalk.org or call toll-free 1.866.455.3214.