Starry Night Los Angeles 8.5K
More than 300 supporters gathered on Oct. 24 for the Starry Night Los Angeles 8.5K, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Members of Team Adam support their
hero with matching shirts.
At start time, the event had raised $40,163 to help fund the foundation’s lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs.
The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at Griffith Park to honor local children with brain tumors, our Stars: Adam, Austin, Bella, Ben, Chase, Dylan L., Dylan W., Emily Janelle, Franchesca, Nate, Parker and Sophia. Stars Alexa, Ethan, Katherine, Kylie, Liam, Michael and Zarai, who have passed, were represented by family members.
“To have an event where we can celebrate our child and give them a voice means so much to us,” said Martha Garcia, mother of Star Zarai.
The event’s Hero Awards honored Cancer Fit and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Neuro-Oncology Support Team. The featured speaker was Dr. Mark Krieger, chief of staff and a neurosurgeon at CHLA.
As of Oct. 27, the top fundraiser was Denise Weiner ($5,002) and the top team was Team Alexa ($5,677).
The Los Angeles event will continue to raise funds online until Nov. 10.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including the chair, Kathy Kelley.
A thank you also goes out to emcee Phillip Palmer, an ABC7 morning anchor, and to the many who provided entertainment: K-Earth 101, the CHLA Therapy Dog program, the Glendale Dance Center, the Los Angeles Police Department for their fly-by, Corey Carleton for his national anthem rendition, the Star Wars 501st Legion and Cozmo from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Runners’ timing results are available here.
Starry Night 8.5K events rely heavily on local partners to help spread the word about one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. If you’re interested in learning more about Starry Night partnership opportunities, contact us!