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Race and raise funds for the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute

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Running in a sponsored race is an exciting challenge for many people, and it is also a way for athletes to run for someone other than themselves. Support the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) on Sunday, May 18, 2014, the charity behind the Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K, and run to raise funds for the clinic.

While the race is sold out to the general public, there is still an opportunity to race for those who are committed to raising funds for NBTI.

Brain tumors affect 20,000 Americans each year, and more than half of those who are diagnosed will die. For men and women ages 30-39, brain tumors are the third and fifth-leading cause of death respectively. NBTI was founded to conduct research and also provide primary care to patients who have brain tumors.

In the last four years, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon has raised nearly $700,000 for NBTI. For those who seek an even greater challenge than solely participating in the race, there is still a chance to raise funds while running. A runner can form a new team of people who also want to fundraise, join an existing team, or register as an individual fundraiser. For those who do not feel equip to run, there is also an opportunity to donate to a team or an individual.

A great fundraising resource is the website Crowdrise.com. The site helps people create an online fundraising page to raise money for causes they care about. Users create a fundraiser, ask for donations and have fun in the process.

Crowdrise.com has found great success and has been called a “phenomenal fundraising platform that really helps us broaden our reach” by the president of the New York Marathon, Mary Wittenberg.

Whether it’s running in a tutu to raise $200 or donating to a particular team without participating at all, the Northwestern Brain Institute will benefit tremendously from any and all efforts. With dedication, brain tumors can be stopped one runner at a time.

NBTI is offering entry codes for participants who are dedicated to raising money for the cause. If you are interested in fundraising but have not yet registered, please contact Jacqueline Evans by phone at 312-926-4199.

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