Starry Night Boston 8.5K
Boston welcomed about 200 walkers and runners on Sept. 26 for the Boston Starry Night 8.5K, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
At start time, the event had raised $27,074 to help fund the foundation’s lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs.
The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at Joe Moakley Park to honor local children with brain tumors, our Stars: Carly, Carolyn, Cheyanne, Gary, Kaylee, Liberty and Madalyn.
“We may have brain tumors, but in no way shape or form does this have to define who we are or who we will be,” Star Cheyanne said.
Participants lit 75 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 face painting, a photo booth from sponsor I and Love and You, games, massages and a pre-event yoga stretch.
Dr. Cori Liptak of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute also attended the event to support the Stars. “It’s not about the walk, it’s not about the fundraising, it’s about the awareness you are bringing. This diagnosis is under represented,” she said.
The event’s Hero Award honored Friends of Jaclyn for their dedication to improving the lives of children with cancer.
As of Sept. 28, the top individual fundraiser was Kaitlyn Lichwell ($3,845) and the top team was Team MGH ($5,030). The event will continue to raise funds online until Oct. 19.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including committee member Keri Wintle.