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Thousands Expected To Participate In Race For Hope in Philadelphia

Karen Backner and Judy Ellis-Taylor With The National Brain Tumor Society (credit: hadas kuznits)

Karen Backner and Judy Ellis-Taylor With The National Brain Tumor Society (credit: hadas kuznits)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Brain Tumor Society hosts their 5th annual Race For Hope on Sunday, to help raise funds and awareness to fight brain cancer.

Karen Backner (photo, right), Director of events for the National Brain Tumor Society, says over 6,000 people are expected to turn out for the Race for Hope and that will raise funds for her organization:

“We raise money for research funds, to develop new therapies and ultimately to find cures.”

Volunteer Judy Ellis-Taylor (photo, left) is all too familiar with brain cancer:

“My husband Victor was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in February of 2006. I participated along with Victor our first year. When I returned in 2007, unfortunately he had passed but it helped me provide hope for those who are going through it and it was just my way of coping with the situation and giving back.”

The race begins Sunday morning at Eakins Oval. For those interested in running, you can register all the way up until race day, but make sure you get there early since the race starts at 8 a.m.

Reported By Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio