About 750 walkers and runners gathered on Sept. 19 for the Philadelphia Starry Night 8.5K, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
At start time, the event had raised $47,974 to help fund the foundation’s lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs.
The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at the Philadelphia Zoo to honor local children with brain tumors, our Stars: Chad, John, Liz, Luke, Madeline, Morgan, Owen, Russell, Talan and Tanner.
“Growing up with cancer was not an easy path. I missed play dates for chemo dates. Medicines and MRIs dotted my calendar like special events and getting a needle or blood drawn was just another part of everyday life,” Star Morgan told the crowd. “My diagnosis has shaped me, but will never define me.”
Participants lit hundreds of lanterns at the end of the event to honor children affected by a brain tumor diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us. They also enjoyed an appearance by Chris O’Connell with FOX29, along with entertainment from Little Angels Princess Events Disney princesses, and massages from Phila Massages.
The event’s Hero Award honored Dr. Adam Resnick of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for his outstanding service to children with brain tumors. “Thank you for this award, but the real heroes are the kids,” Resnick said.
As of Sept. 21, the top individual fundraiser was Jill Bookman ($10,300) and the top team was Jog for Jo ($10,621). The event will continue to raise funds online until Oct. 19.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including committee member Jillian Stahl.