Head for the Cure Run Celebrates 15 Years in Kansas City

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           For the 15th year, more than five thousand runners will join forces to raise money for brain cancer research this weekend. Head for the Cure started in Kansas City in 2003 and has now grown to cities from New York to Seattle. The 5K run in Kansas City has raised more than $10 million over the years. It begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at Corporate Woods in Overland Park.

             In the video, Dr. Roy Jensen, director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, explains why fundraising events like Head for the Cure are so vital to brain cancer research, and how proud he is of the partnership. Dr. Jensen says the cure rate for brain cancer is about the same as it was 30 years ago, and the key to improvement is more research.

            Also in the video, Dr. Michael Salacz (shall’-itz) describes brain cancer, and one of the most common types, glioblastoma. He describes the problems in treating this condition with standard chemotherapy drugs, and how current research is working toward extending lives and finding a cure.

            Matt Anthony is chairman of the Head for the Cure Foundation. In memory of his brother Chris, who suffered from a glioblastoma brain tumor and died in 2003 at the age of 37, Matt and his family established the Head for the Cure Foundation to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. In the video, he talks about how the foundation came into being. He also talks about how, out of all the fundraising runs around Kansas City, this one is different. In describing all the fun events of the day, Anthony says “It’s a celebration…a party. You can’t leave without big smiles and a lot of laughter. You have to experience it!” He says Head for the Cure is all about remembering loved ones, as well as striving for a cure.

            The video also includes b-roll from a previous year’s Head for the Cure event.