OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Despite the rain on Sunday morning, it was a record year for the Head for the Cure 5K in Overland Park. About 5,000 people walked, ran and rode their way through Corporate Woods.
Ten years have passed since Chris Anthony’s dying wish became a reality.
“He wanted to help other people with brain tumors and figured this is a great way to do it,” said Kirsten Lowe, Anthony’s former wife.
He wanted to start a 5K to raise money for brain tumor research.
Many of the people who took part in the first race are still participating 10 years later.
“It’s an annual tradition,” said Susan Blackford. “We started pushing nick in a stroller the first year, then a wagon, he has graduated to running the race himself now.”
Anthony’s family members say he’d be proud of what the race has become.
“I think he would love seeing all of these people,” said Carolyn Anthony, Chris’ daughter.
In the last decade, runners have raised $2 million for brain tumor trails collaborative. Researchers say that money has backed significant advances in research and treatment.
“We are really at the verge of an explosion in our knowledge and we are going to translate that into treatments and that is probably gonna happen over the next 3-5 years,” said Dr. Mark Gilbert, MD.
That’s great news for team Mike and team Chris, team Maddie and team Jeff.
“This event here today is just proof that it is not a singular battle,” said Jim Spawn/survivor. “It takes all kinds of people to battle cancer. to see people out here with their shirts and tributes you can’t help but get emotional.”
People participated because someone they love fought or still fights brain cancer.
“Cancer is such a big item its hard to get your arms around it, but if everyone can just do something to help, that is the win/win,” said Tim McGovern.
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