Hundreds run to support brain cancer research at Head for the Cure benefit race

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- More than 5,000 people raced through the streets of Corporate Woods in support of research for brain cancer Sunday morning.

Head for the Cure started 13 years ago after the founder's brother died of brain cancer.

Team Little Owl had more than 250 members there on Sunday, running in remembrance of little Allie Fisher. They were the largest team on the course.

"Every year we are like, ‘there is no way we can top our team size from the previous year.’ We have amazing support and we always do,” said Kelly Fisher, Allie’s mom.

This sea of purple is comprised of the Fisher's family, friends, coworkers and their many friends.

"It makes us feel really good. Really helps us that Allie is being remembered and honored in such a great way," said Kyle Fisher, Allie's dad.

Allie died when she was only three years old, just 84 days after her diagnosis. Her nickname was “Little Owl.”

"She loved owls. She used to pretend to be an owl. That is where we get our team name from. She is with us today in spirit, we can feel it. My aunt even heard an owl this morning. We hear great stories like that and it keeps us going," said Kelly.

The memories and Allie's legacy keep the entire family running toward a cure.

“This is from Allie’s favorite dress. The bracelet is from her favorite collar and the necklace is from her flowers,” said Evie Fisher, Allie’s sister.

Their first Team Little Owl run was only two months after Allie died. This year the team has raised thousands for pediatric brain cancer.  In fact, Head for the Cure is donating $20,000 to the Children's Brain Tumor Project this year, in Allie's name.

“It took our breath away when we heard it,” said Kelly.

And it only inspires them to keep pushing for better treatments, and someday a permanent cure.

Since that first race in Kansas City 13 years ago, Head for the Cure has started races in 17 cities across America. The organization has raised close to $2 million for brain cancer research.