By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020
A partnership built on hope, the collaboration between Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and the PBTRF is more than the annual run/walk. It is a story of patients, families and friends, volunteers, local businesses and community members who work tirelessly throughout the year to host mini-fundraising events, support groups and more.
More than USD 5 million has been raised in the first 10 years and more than 81 teams, and almost 2,000 people, are expected to be at the run/walk this year.
“Community fundraising efforts such as the Run of Hope are critical to filling the funding gap for pediatric cancer research. Less than 4 percent of all funds spent on cancer research are given to pediatrics,” said Erin Cordry, Run of Hope co-chair and president of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund. Teams and individuals can register and make donations for the timed run/walk online.
PBTRF and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle created the Run of Hope Seattle in 2009, adding to the many global efforts made by Four Seasons to eradicate cancer worldwide. All of the proceeds from the Run of Hope are used to fund groundbreaking research for children with brain tumours and brain cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“This extreme lack of funding makes it incredible difficult to discover new drug therapies and cures. Events like the Run of Hope allow us the funds to discover new paths and treatment options for these kids and save more lives,” said Cordry.
“Through funding from last year’s Run of Hope we were able to open multiple new clinical trials for children with devastating brain tumors,” continued Cordry.
Funds raised have already contributed to important research such as tumour paint, clinical trials, discovery of new cancer markers and other groundbreaking research by doctors and researchers from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Follow the Run of Hope on Facebook for more information.